Double Ballad Stanza

Double Ballad Stanza is a verse form which basically doubles the ballad stanza. However, unlike the ballad it need not tell a story. It can simply be an observation. 

The Double Ballad Stanza is:
• An octastich made up of 2 quatrains.
• metric, accentual, (The ballad utilizes an accentual line and the stress is what counts not the meter, alternating 4 stress, 3 stress.)
• rhymed,rhyme scheme of xa(b-b)axcxc (x being unrhymed) with an internal rhyme in the 3rd and expletive line.

Tell All the Truth but Tell it Slant by Emily Dickinson 1872

Tell all the Truth but tell it slant— 
Success in Circuit lies 
Too bright for our infirm Delight 
The Truth’s superb surprise 
As Lightning to the Children eased 
With explanation kind 
The Truth must dazzle gradually 
Or every man be blind-

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My example

A Park-Like Street

A Park-Like Street (Double Ballad Stanza)

When closed to buses, truck and cars
sometimes our city streets
are quite festive and bathed in light
for folk out buying treats.
Each footfall is a dampened tread
that falls on powdered snow.
The quiet bades a friendliness
that sets mens’ hearts aglow.

© Lawrencealot – December 3, 2014

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Double Ballad Stanza


  • The Pendulum is an invented verse form that features graduated line lengths. It was created by Etta J Murphy and was first published in Calkins, Haiku Highlights (July-August 1970).The Pendulum is:
    • a poem in 8 lines, an octastich.
    • syllabic, 8/6/4/2/2/4/6/8 syllables per line.
    • rhymed, rhyme scheme aabbccdd.
My Thanks to Judi Van Gorder for the wonderful resource at PMO
My Example Poem
Put Fear AND Foolishness Astern   (The Pendulum)
We live in a contingent world
where accidents are hurled.
Things break and fall
and all
our skill
still never will
be shield against events.
I find avoidance fine defense.
© Lawrencealot – April 4, 2014
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