Pathways for the Poet by Viola Berg (1977) is a book for and by educators. Classic poetic forms as well as many invented forms which appear to have been invented as teaching tools or exercizes for use in workshops or classrooms are included. Some of these invented forms I have found in use in internet poetry communities, a testament to their staying power. On this page I include the metric invented forms found there in which appear to be exclusive to the community of educators from whom Ms. Berg drew her support. I have yet to find these in any other source. …. Whether classroom exercise or sharpening your skill as a writer, some of these forms can be fun to play with.

• The Quinnette is “designed for the elfin or humorous or for nature themes.” (that is the 2nd time I came across this statement in Pathways. ~~smile~~This was created by Ethelyn Miller Hartwich.

The Quinnette is:
○ a decastich made up of 2 quintains.
○ metric, each quintain is written in trochaic tetrameter accept L3 which is trochaic trimeter.
○ rhymed, rhyme scheme aabaaccbcc.

Pasted from http://www.poetrymagnumopus.com/index.php?showtopic=1199#dionol
My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource.

My example

The Porsche (Quinnette)

Now I ask you, stupid ass,
“Why the urgent need to pass?
Tell me what you’re proving.”
Traffic light’s caused an impasse,
Speeding only cost you gas.

While you’re waiting for the light
Just as planned I’m turning right
still you are not moving.
Speed’s your compensation, right,
For a penis that seems slight?”

© Lawrencealot- September 20, 2014

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Type: Structure, Rhyme Scheme Requirement
Description: A poem rhymed abcab decde fgcfg developed by Johnn Schroeder. There are no other requirements than the rhyme scheme, but in English, iambic pentameter never hurts.
Attributed to: Johnn Schroeder
Origin: American
Schematic: abcab decde fgcfg
Rhythm/Stanza Length: 5

Pasted from <http://www.poetrybase.info/forms/000/78.shtml>
My Thanks to Charles L. Weatherford for his work on the wonderful poetrybase resource.

My example poem

Thrust Upon You (Deten)
The time to write a masterpiece
that moves another person’s soul
is when your mind is well content,
but this must be a faster piece;
it won’t fulfill that lofty goal.

But look! The form I’m using here,
I’ve never seen or used before
so this could be a nonevent.
The rhyme scheme might appear unclear,
it’s not one I’d choose to adore.

I came, I saw, and then I tried.
I took advantage of your trust;
I hope you found the time well-spent.
At least I think I’m satisfied,
another form has bit the dust.

© Lawrencealot – August 6, 2014

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Specifically or Iambic tetrameter


 An Allegorose is A Form Created By chasingtheday of Allpoetry.
It is:
Stanzaic: consisting of 3 quintet stanzas (a poem of 15 lines)
Syllabic: each stanza consisting of 6/8/5/10/9 syllables
Rhyme pattern: aabab ccdcd eefef
There is no metric requirement

My Example poem
A Hyperbolic Dangle (Allegorose)
Though there’s a steep incline
you need not fear this bridge of mine
Just trust the cable.
It’s made of tempered steel, not rope or twine.
Despite appearances, it’s stable.
An able bodied man,
or woman, boy or girl who can
show brave demeanor
Can almost skip along across the span,
but you may use a carabiner.
The need to cross is rare
but real, and for the few who care
to sway and dangle
it’s much more fun to go from here to there,
than coming back ‘cus of the angle.
© Lawrencealot – July 22, 2014

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This is an ad hoc template: no meter is required.


Structure, Metrical Requirement, Repetitive Requirement, Rhyme Scheme Requirement, Other Requirement, Isosyllabic
Another French isosyllabic form of either five or six stanzas plus an envoy. A Chanso must be very regular in structure. The same number of syllables in each line, the stanzas all the same, the envoy being like the last half of a stanza, the rhyme scheme the same, but beyond that, you get to make it up. The double ballade and double ballade supreme would both be considered to fit this form. So would any number of other variations.
Copyright © 2001-2013 by Charles L. Weatherford. All rights reserved.
Canso, Chanso, Chanson French, Occitan and Provincial love songs, made popular in 12th century Europe by the troubadours which constantly strove for originality and perfection of form. The lines between the 3 terms is blurred. The Chanson is believed to be the inspiration for the ItalianCanzone. The verse often exalted a lady love. Courtly Compliment is a sub genre of the Chanson.
The Canso, Chanso or Chanson are:
  • stanzaic, usually 5 or 6 nonce stanzas of identical pattern.
  • expected to be original in form. The metric length of the line, the number of lines in a stanza, the rhyme scheme was expected to be different from anything that had gone before.
  • often ended by an envoy or tornada structured in the same pattern as the last half of the previous stanzas. (The Occitan tornada is a dedication to a patron or friend added at the end of verse while the French envoy is a summation of the theme added to the end of the verse. )
My thanks to Mr. Weatherford, and to Ms.  Van Gorder for their fine resources.

Example Poem
Cold-cuts      (Chanso)
I planned to lunch at home today
and get away from office noise.
A hot pastrami sounds so good,
I know I would enjoy it much
and then a nap would sound okay.
I stacked thin slices pretty high
I don’t know why but thinner works;
I slathered mustard on the meat
then set the heat at one-oh-one.
It smelled so good on fresh warm rye.
I was about with great delight
to take a bite when cell-phone chimes
demanded my reluctant ear
a financier it seems was keen
to cure my future’s fiscal plight.
He was informed and spoke at length
of safety, strength ,and asset growth,
with fortune favoring the bold;
my sandwich cold he said good-bye
for like I said he spoke at length.
I heated up my meal once more
then at the door there came a knock
(a lady looking for my wife),
who for the life of me I know
I didn’t know, I stalled therefore.
Two more phone calls and one more knock,
by then the clock showed time to get
me back to join the working fold
and eat my cold repast at last-
warm lunch at home  is such a crock!
© Lawrencealot – January 22, 2014
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This is simply a template relating to the poem above.
A poet can use any line length or meter he wants, so their can be no “correct template.”
In this case I used iambic tetrameter, interlaced rhyme, and a unique rhyme scheme.
Note.  The specifications at the top call for repetition which I have not employed.

English Ballet (bal-lett)

English Ballet (bal-lett)
stanzaic, written in any multiple of quatrains or quintains.
(The quatrains can be expanded to quintains by breaking L1 of each stanza into 2 lines at the end of the first phrase.)
Metered when quatrains, L1-L3 tetrameter, L4 dimeter.
Rhyme Pattern: aaaB cccB dddB, etc.  (aaaBcccBdddB)
Metered when quintains, L1, L2, and L5 dimeter, L3 & L4 tetrameter.
Rhyme Pattern: AbbbA AcccA AdddA, etc.  (AbbbAAcccAAdddA)
Description of form a copy & paste from PoetryMagnumOpus.com
Example Poem
Fall They Must  (English Ballet – Quintains)
The snowflakes fall
so powder dry,
they seem but dust upon the sky
unseen ’til on the ground they lie
The snowflakes fall.
The snowflakes fall
in twisting flight
large enough to hold when they light
on mittens to view with delight.
The snowflakes fall.
The snowflakes fall
They’re big and wet.
They taste good on my tongue, and yet
I’ll hate to shovel them I’ll bet.
The snowflakes fall.
© Lawrencealot – December 23, 2012
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English Quintet

The English Quintet is a rhymed 5 line stanza or poem. There is no English word for a 5 lines of verse therefore they borrowed the Italian word quintet. Up until the 19th century English poetry was pretty much built on the couplet and quatrain. The English version of the quintet arrived at a time when most English poetry was still being written in iambic pentameter.
The English Quintet is:
• stanzaic, written in any number of quintets.
• metered, most commonly iambic pentameter, although meter is optional.
This is a popular form of Quintain having no set measure or foot
rhyme scheme ababb, cdcdd etc.
Description of form copied and pasted from PoetryMagnumOpus.com http://www.poetrymagnumopus.com/index.php?showtopic=670

Thanks to Judi Van Gorder for the wonderful resource above.
Line length optional
Meter optional
Poem length 5 lines or multiple
Example Poem
Not a Muscle Car

I earned my dough to buy a car at last.
In ’56 I’d break the geekdom mold.
“No”, said mom “You’ll buy nothing that goes fast.
You’re sixteen and will do what you are told.”
I could afford to buy some car quite old.
A Studebaker, mom thought looked all right.
With white walls it stood proudly green and clean.
It had one after market feature quite
unique, a sequined roof of stars was seen
upon the overhead; girls thought it keen.
It lasted ’til my high school days were done.
Four bits worth of gas could cruise all night long.
The crankshaft dropped so no more could it run.
That happened when I punched it- that was wrong,
and why mom let me buy it for a song.
© Lawrencealot –  December 16, 2012
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