An Elfchen or Little 11 poem is one that consists of five lines and 11 words. It is a German form of poetry with the following structure:
First line: 1 word
Second line: 2 words
Third line: 3 words
Fourth line: 4 words
Fifth Line: 1 word
For group activities, you can encourage others to start their own poem using the last word of yours. In this example, you would start your poem using the word ‘Love’.
For more examples of poems written using this form search the hashtag #Little11 on Instagram, or visit our community here.