Tree of Life is an invented verse form written in the shape of a tree. Found at Poetry Styles (a site no longer accessible) and created by Christina Jusaumme who requests the subject of the poem be uplifting.
Snow that falls on barren limbs still may break those boughs. None-the-less the trees prepare themselves by shedding platforms to which snow would adhere, ensuring harm. Bears can push through piles of snow, yet don’t. They forecast and hibernate while snow falls. It seems that man alone insists that he must strive to thumb his nose and try to dance his forty hour shuffle, weather be damned, inviting heart attacks. Stock some lanterns and candles too stockpiles some food that’s good for you then read some books and stay inside.
Star Sevlin is an invented shape poem that is supposed to form a star when centered on the page. It is found in Pathways for the Poet by Viola Berg 1977 and was created by Lilliann Mathilda Svenson. The only example I found on the Internet today (1/30/2015) was a contest winner in 1951.
The Star Sevlin is:
a heptastich, a poem in 7 lines.
iambic syllabic, iambic 4/6/8/6/8/6/4 syllables per line.
rhymed, rhyme scheme abbcaca.
centered on the page.
Form: Star Sevlin
First One in 50 Years
I don’t know why this form is called a star and not Svenson’s. That’s how things are. There isn’t much to find Good samples are in short supply Thus my blog was designed lest old forms die.
The following description and examples are reposted with permission from Shadow Poetry, with thanks to Emily Romano and Jan Turner.
The Pictorial, created by Emily Romano is a type of shape poem, where the entire poem must be printed in slanting lines indicative of the thought in those lines. The poem should consist of three lines with five words or less per line. There should be rhyme somewhere in the poem, either end rhyme or internal rhyme.
All quiet It seems all sad Bear with me tonight please My mind cant stop thinking wrong stuff Life is so complicated I feel just depressed Lately nothing is going right Rain hasn’t stopped for days There is no break At all
Dorian Petersen Potter aka ladydp2000 copyright@2014
Pasted from http://poetrypoem.com/cgi-bin/index.pl?poemnumber=1206065&sitename=ladydp2000&poemoffset=0&displaypoem=t&item=poetry
Rubliw A form developed from the Cinquain by Richard Wilbur, and is usually a message to someone, or group, or indeed mankind. It is normally iambic, starting with monometer, then dimeter, trimeter, tetrameter, and then pentameter. At this point the meter descends tetrameter, trimeter, dimeter, finally monometer.
For Lewis Turco
Dear Lew All hail to you, Old formalist who through Your Book of Forms inform the new If you can name this bloody form, please do, Before it disappears from view, For you’re the man who Might manage to. Adieu
Rubliw specifications The Rubliw is: A single stanza, 9 line, shape poem. Metric: Completely written in iambs Formulaic: Begins with one foot for line 1, then add a foot to each succeeding line until a pentameter line is reached, the decrease each succeeding line by a foot until then end. Syllabic-ally: 2/4/6/8/10/8/6/4/2 Rhyme is optional. Display centered.
My example Well since we had one with no rhyme, and one with mono-rhyme, I decided to try one rhymed aabbcbbaa, with heavy internal rhyme for fun.
Arise, Please (Rubliw)
Do tell – oh hell, go yell! Explain the pain again his wretched reign has plainly lain across the gloss that now’s becoming dross. Attain a reining in campaign his vain domain’s profane. Dispel the smell. Farewell.
• The Plane 9/11 is an invented form created by John W Henson. Obviously it is meant as a memorial to September 11, 2001, the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon and hijacking of Flight 93.
The Plane 9/11 is: ○ stanzaic, written with a 9 line stanza, a tercet, a 9 line stanza and a single line, in that order. ○ syllabic, 1-1-2-2-2-2-2-2-2 11-11-11 2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-1 11, ○ rhymed, abbccddee ffg hhiijjkka g.
Pasted from http://www.poetrymagnumopus.com/index.php?showtopic=2192#plane My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource.
A shape poetry form that makes no sense unless centered on the page
Prescribed Insanity (Form: Plane 911)
Men taught that thought depends on ends above, not of this life, cause strife
and gain stature among their insane brothers who deem virgins accrue from killing others, (the words of one warped, persuasive lunatic.)
If you can view such choice as voice of He who be supreme I deem then,
your life’s a waste of oxygen, and you’re sick. Lawrencealot – January 7, 2015
Wheelchair Angel Style A new form of poetry created to honor Poet mike44 aka Author Michael L Schuh Who we now know as the wheel-chair angel… It consists of 25 lines Starting with head syllable count of 2/2/3/4/3/2/1/3 to create the impression of the back of a man sat in his wheel chair 5/8/8/10/8/8/8/8/8/8/ these line represent the chair Then 4/ 4/6/6/4/4 split to represent two wheels Then a 10 syllable line to represents the ground Content must include wheel chair. Created by Pat Simpson 3/10.2009
Pasted from http://the.a.b.c.of.poetry.styles.patthepoet.com/T2Z.html Many Thanks to Christina R Jussaume for her work on the Poetry Styles site.
• The Wheelchair Angel Style is a poem that attempts to create silhouette shape of a man in a wheelchair. Found at Poetry Styles this invented verse form was introduced by Pat Simpson to honor poet, Michael L. Schuh and who suggests the content include reference to a wheelchair. It was found at Poetry Styles.
The Wheelchair Angel Style is: ○ a poem in 25 lines. ○ syllabic, 2-2-3-4-3-2-1-3 5-8-8-8-10-8-8-8-8-8-8 4-4-6-4-4 10. L20 thru L24 are split, to create the illusion of wheels.
x x x
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Pasted from http://www.poetrymagnumopus.com/index.php?showtopic=1001#wheel My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource.
My example Wheels (Wheelchair Angle Style)
Bodies broken or diseased paralyzing structural muscles thus stealing our means to move about. So they built chairs that men could push, then chairs that we could move ourselves. Self-propelled wheelchairs are being replaced by electric powered models augmented by smart control chips which now enable longer trips. The chairs get better every year with models made for all terrain and competing in rugged sports. Power soccer’s the most extreme. For men won’t bow while mind still works we have a life to live, wheelchairs assist and man persists. Expect science to obsolete the chair.
• Circlet is a shape poem outlining a circle. It was created by Bena Parks and was found in Pathways for the Poet by Viola Berg 1977.
The Circlet is: ○ a decastich, a 10 line poem made up of 2 cinquains. ○ syllabic, 2-4-6-8-10 10-8-6-4-2 syllables per line. ○ rhymed, rhyme scheme Abcde edcbA. ○ composed with L1 repeated as L10.
Pasted from http://www.poetrymagnumopus.com/index.php?showtopic=1001#circlet My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource.
To approximate a circle this poem should be centered on the page.
Possessive Pet (Circlet)
Perhaps an iguana a monkey, or a pig would make a fun and charming pet – I’ve got downright possessive Yorkshire dog
who’d not share with lizard, monkey, or hog and I’d not leave him on a bet.| Mom might get one I’d dig, but aint gonna perhaps.
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