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Rondelet

The Rondelet is a brief French form with a strict structure and rhyming pattern. It consists of one stanza of seven lines. This is known as a single septet. The lines consist of two rhymes and one refrain, in the pattern: AbAabbA. The capital letters (A) are the refrains (a repeated line), the lower case (a) rhymes with (A) and the lower case (b) lines all rhyme with each other. The refrain (repeated line) has four syllables (tetrasyllabic or dimeter) and the other lines are twice as long with eight syllables (octasyllabic or tetrameter). In simple terms the form is as follows: Line 1: 4 syllables – the refrain Line 2: 8 syllables Line 3: repeat line 1 Line 4: 8 syllables – rhymes with line 1 Line 5: 8 syllables – rhymes with line 2 Line 6: 8 syllables – rhymes with lines 2 and 5 Line 7: repeat line…

Collaborative

In simple terms, a Collaborative poem is a poem that is constructed by two or more people. The poem can take any poetic form and can be approached in person (in close proximity), or over the phone, via chat or email (at a distance). There are several types of Collaborative poem but the most popular are the following: Chain: Poets write a single line which is then sent on to another poet who writes a single line, and so on. Reflective: Poets choose a topic and write about it from opposing perspectives, resulting in at least two stanzas.  An example being writing from a feminine and then a masculine perspective. Tapestry: Poets write their own version of a poem on a given topic and then attempt to weave the poem into one cohesive work. Normally the poem will have a total of nine lines. Switch: Poems switch authorship at a…

Spoken Word

Spoken Word is an oral art form that requires the poet/performer to read poetry aloud.  This catchall phrase includes the live performance of hip-hop and jazz poetry, poetry slams, performance poetry, traditional poetry readings and can include comedy routines and prose monologues. What elevates this form to a work of art is that a Spoken Word poem, not only requires a well constructed piece of writing, but also requires the poet to consider word interplay, intonation and inflection, and use of voice in it’s delivery.  It is also common for Spoken Word to be accompanied by music, which is again, considered part of the performance itself and must be coordinated with the recitation. Like all poetry, Spoken Word is a vehicle for engagement.  In this case the poet/performer uses word and voice to evoke an emotional response, and create a connection between the poem and the listener. Spoken Word has been a fundamental…

Tetractys

A Tetractys is a contemporary poetry form invented by English Poet, Ray Stebbings. It consists of at least 5 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 10 syllables (for a total of 20 syllables) and can also be reversed and written 10, 4, 3, 2, 1. A Tetractys can have more than one verse but each subsequent verse must be an inverse of the previous.  So a double Tetractys would be written: 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 10, 4, 3, 2, 1 and a triple Tetractys would be written: 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 10, 4, 3, 2, 1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1 and so on. In order to be correct a Tetractys must express a complete thought within it’s 20 syllables, either profound or comic, witty or wise. Ray Stebbing has been quoted as saying that his work was inspired by Euclid, the mathematician of classical times, who considered the number series…

Etheree

An Etheree is a traditional poetry form that  consists of 10 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 syllables. An Etheree can also be reversed and written 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. There is wide scope for creativity as you can write more than one verse and invert your syllable count from one to the next, resulting in a double Etheree: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10, 9, 8, 7, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1; through to a Triple Etheree, Quadruple Etheree, and so on. The topic is at the discretion of the poet and rhyming is optional. Our example is provided by @stefanie_maria_write_s.  You can visit her account on Instagram for more of her poetry. If you would like to see examples of poems written about this prompt than simply search the hashtag #herheartpoetry, view…

Concrete

A concrete poem is one in which the words of the poem are arranged into a shape or shapes to enhance or depict the key theme/s or meaning of the poem. This form is dependent on an overlap of the verbal meaning of the poem and its visual representation, and often, the visual element/s are more important than the verbal in the creation of the poem’s meaning. Although the term concrete is new, there is a long tradition of shaped poems dating back to the 3rd century BCE. The form can have any number of stanzas, arranged in any shape, and rhyming is optional.  The theme is at the poet’s discretion, with the shape selected being directly related to this. For more examples of poems written using this form search the hashtag #concreteheart on Instagram, or visit our community here. Thank you to @astridsuu for this wonderful example.

Quoetry

Quoetry is a contemporary poetry form which plays on the numerous quotes that make up our modern lexicon. The concept of Quoetry is taking an exact and unaltered quote and elaborating it in your own words. You then display both the newly created elaboration and the original quote in the same piece. Quoetry is designed as a free verse poem, if the quote includes a common theme then the poem must also be themed. If the original quote describes a fox, then the writer/poet must elaborate on those specific details in their recreation of the quote. It can be any length and rhyming is optional. The Origin: The concept of Quoetry was created in 2015 as the creator, Micah Krahn, watched an episode of Criminal Minds.  He discovered that at the beginning of each episode they featured a quote that the episode explored.  Micah realised that there are possibly millions of quotes…

Sedoka

A Sedoka is an unrhymed poem composed of two katauta. A katauta has three lines with the syllable pattern 5-7-7 and is complete in itself and able to stand alone. A Sedoka therefore has the syllable count: 5-7-7, 5-7-7. In order to be correct, each katauta must be able to be read independently, but also create a cohesive singular work in the Sedoka. Often a Sedoka will address the same subject from different perspectives. Sedoka is a Japanese form of poem that is now considered obscure.  Although they occur in The Manyoshu, the oldest existing collection of Japanese poetry, they make up a very small number of the over 4000 poem anthology and are not widely practiced, although they are an interesting and challenging form to write. Our examples are provided by Dipendra Tamanga ǀ @thangbalay For group activities, you can break into pairs and each write a katauta on the same subject, but…

Acrostic

An Acrostic poem is where the first letter of each line spells a word, usually using the same words as in the title. The form has also been manipulated so that the word is spelled by the last letter on a line, or the center letter on each line.  The poem can be on any subject and rhyming is optional. Example 1: Seeking solace, somewhat spiritual, seamlessly sincere Truly talented…talismanic tale Rhymes ravishingly…reads ramblings redeeming redundancy rightly Intriguingly innovative..immensely impressive Driving daring designs delectably Empathetic energy embracing everyone endearingly Example 2: She Talks Reflectively, Inspiring Deep Encouragement In the first example by Dr Faiza Khan ǀ @drfaizakhan  has also used alliteration.  This is not compulsory in the form but is very interesting. For more examples of poems written using this form search the hashtag #AcrosticHerHeart on Instagram, or visit our community here.

Purron

A Purron is a contemporary poetry form that consists of rhyming couplets with the form AA, BB, CC, DD and so on. What makes a Purron unique is that whilst it reads as a single work, Line 1 of each couplet is an independent poem, as is Line 2 of each couplet.  Lines 1 and 2 are differentiated using colour or font, or both.  A Purron therefore results in three distinct, but interrelated poems. One of the independent poems can be an existing work (Line 2 in the example is an excerpt of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 55), song lyrics, an old work or you can write two completely new works. A Purron can be on any topic, and have any number of stanzas and couplets.  The form also allows for one non-rhyming couplet per stanza. This form was brought to us by it’s originator, Purronimo, who describes the form as “taking the…