Monthly Archives: April, 2014

Blues Stanza

A Blues Stanza is a three line stanza written in iambic pentameter. It has an A,A,A rhyme scheme, with the end of the second line repeating the last word or phrase which ends the first line. So the first two lines have the same end word. Also, the second line either paraphrases or expands on …

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Beautiful Outlaw

The Beautiful Outlaw is a technique developed by the OULIPO group which combines poetry and mathematics. In a Beautiful Outlaw you start with a phrase and each line includes all of the letters of the alphabet except for the letters corresponding to words in the phrase. If the phrase is Beautiful Outlaw, it will be …

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Awdl Gywydd

The Awdl Gywydd is a Welsh poetry form. Good luck pronouncing it. There are three predominate forms in Welsh Bardic Poetry, the Awdl, the Englyn, and the Cywydd. All three refer to a form and meter, but I don’t remember much about the specifics beyond my notes. Speaking of my notes, I think I’ve mentioned …

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Anagram

An anagram is the rearrangement of a the letters of a word or phrase to make another word or phrase. In poetry they can be used as epigrams or various anagrams and words made from anagrams could be used within a poem to create rhythms with consonance and assonance. A good site which has an …

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American Sentence

An American Sentence contains only seventeen syllables. The American Sentence is a short form created by Allen Ginsberg. An American Sentence (as stated above) is a 17 syllable sentence. Typically American Sentences are written with imagistic language depicting scenes of modern life and shared humanity. I could say more, but its a short form so …

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Ae Freislighe

An ae freislighe (ay fresh-lee) is an Irish form made of one or more four line stanzas. Each line has seven syllables and it has an A, B, A, B end rhyme scheme. Furthermore the end rhyming words have a required syllable count, lines one and three should have end rhyming words of three syllables, …

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Acrostic

In an Acrostic a phrase is written down the page and each line of the poem begins with each word of the phrase, this is referred to as a Phrase Acrostic. There is also a Word Acrostic in which a word is written down the page and each line of the poem begins with the …

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ABC Poem

I’ve written a bunch of these before, but none in Australia before. An ABC Poem is a variation on an Abecedarian. In an ABC Poem you write 26 words with every word beginning with each letter of the alphabet sequentially. All brown cows drowse enough for gestating hay in juicy knots lovingly made, nesting on …

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6 Word Memoir

A six word story. This one may or may not be considered a poetry form, but I’m including it anyway. It was created as a challenge to Earnest Hemmingway to tell a story in only six words. It was adapted to a memoir from story by some magazine (I forget which) who was challenging readers …

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April is NAPOWRIMO in the US that is National Poetry Writing Month and I have neglected to participate thus far!!! how horrible of me… as I am not currently in the US I’ll consider myself exempt but for the sake of poetry and poetry writing and that sort of thing I am now taking on …

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