The Quintilla is a 16th century Spanish quintain with a rhyme scheme that is more about what cannot be done than what can be done. 

The Quintilla is:
• syllabic verse, octasyllabic (8 syllable lines)
• stanzaic, written in any number of quintains (5 line stanzas).
• rhymed. In each quintain only 2 rhymes can be used and it cannot end in a rhyming couplet.
• There is choice of rhyme schemes of ababa, abbab, abaab, aabab, or aabba
• when written as a decastich, (2 quintillas) the verse is known as Copla Real

El Viejo by Judi Van Gorder 7/1/03
The ancient cur begins to rise 
ignoring stiff, defiant bones. 
Foolishly focused on the prize, 
his awkward pounce elicits groans. 
To snub one’s age, not always wise.
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My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource.
My example

I’m Shocked, I Did It!  (Form: Quintilla)

Impossibly demanding task
when twenty-two whole words are asked
and forty syllables I need
according to Quintilla’s mask
but perseverance did succeed.

© Lawrencealot – January 9, 2015
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Copla Real

Copla Real, popular in 15th century Spain, is a decastich which is made up of 2 Quintillas.

The Copla Real is:
○ a decastich (10 line poem) made up of 2 Quintillas (Spanish 8 syllable line quintains turned on only 2 rhymes of any combination other than never ending with a rhymed couplet.)
○ syllabic, all lines are 8 syllables.
○ rhymed, the rhyme scheme established in the first quintain is repeated in the 2nd quintilla. Possible rhyme schemes ababa, abbab, abaab, aabab, or aabba. The one no-no is it should never end in a rhyming couplet.

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My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource.

My example

To Pee or Not to Pee (Form: Copla Real)

I put my first foot on the floor
then know I want to sleep some more.
It’s early yet; there’s snow outside
Get up? Stay here? It’s either/or.
My need to pee might soon subside.

The trip to pee I do abhor;
to go and pee’s no little chore.
You think I’m silly? Don’t be snide.
I’d have to open our backdoor.
Your own bathroom must be inside.

© Lawrencealot – December 22, 2014

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Copla Real

Swinburne Quintet

I have never seen this formally named anywhere,  but was made famous
by Algerrnon  Swinburnes’  “The Palace of Pan”, and recently popularized by several  works of Eusebius on Allpoetry.com.
I am simply giving it the name so that it may be referenced conveniently.   If this usurps a form of which I am unaware please notify and chastise me quickly.
It is a metrical stanzaic form identified by
Quintets, no minimum specified but clearly meant for longer poems  given
the  first stanza is repeated as the closing refrain.
Each stanza as the syllable form 11/8/11/11/8
with the (independent) rhyme pattern: abaab
Metric requirement:
All lines are amphibraic with an ending iamb.
Example Poem
Mathematical Assumptions     (Swinburne quintet)
Discoveries brought the theories turned into law
The knowledge base was growing fast.
The Laws helped explain behavior that we saw.
Then Hubble’s was crowned although it had a flaw.
It now fails and thus cannot last.
Yes, Edwin had doubts, but they arrived too late.
The Big Bang advocates made hay.
The red-shift allowed math to now calculate
amazing things, like perhaps Big Bang’s birth date.
Why let such a plum get away?
All parts of Big Bang were ideation borne.
They have to be.  We were not there.
An advanced math model was most fully born,
already tweaked so much some folks felt forlorn.
Dark things needed came from nowhere.
Math models in particle physics have shone
predicting fermions, et. al.
But out of this true success, hubris has grown
until some have come to trust in math alone.
G. I. G. O.*  now seems the call.
Assuming a Big Bang to initiate
their model is now in conflict
with observations scientists can debate-
a notion leaders cannot appreciate.
Our generation has been tricked.
Discoveries brought theories turned into law
The knowledge base was growing fast.
The Laws helped explain behavior that we saw.
Then Hubble’s was crowned although it had a flaw.
It now fails and thus cannot last.
© Lawrencealot – March 9, 2013
*Garbage In Garbage Out
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 Swinburne Quintet2


The Emmett style is a fiendish five line form related to the acrostic styles.
Form Type:
Dorothy Hester
Number of Lines:
Rhyme Scheme:
The Emmett has 2 rules:
1.The first line of the Emmett is five WORDS long. Each word of the first line becomes the first word of the following lines. So the second word in line one becomes the first word of line two, the third word becomes the first word of line three, etc.
2. To make things a little more complex the Emmett has a rhyme scheme of abbab.
There are no other restrictions on meter or line length. (Meter optional, line length optional).
I have wondered about this
Have pondered too
Wondered if you were true
About the first kiss
This nerve wracking thing to do
Copyright Dorothy Hester 2012
The Emmett was created by Dorothy Hester in May 2012 and was named after her maternal family name. The first example was posted on The Poetry Forum on the 2nd of May 2012
My Example
Write an Emmett
Only five words are needed.
Five words in line one, I mean.
Words to joke or vent your spleen
are swell; any wit will be heeded.
Needed rhyme, fits in between.
© Lawrencealot – March 5, 2013
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