Lai

Welcome back for another A-Z Challenge/National Poetry Month post. Today, I’m trying the lai, a French form (I love trying new forms from all over the world, even though sometimes the patterns and rhyme schemes don’t transfer perfectly across languages). The lai is a nine-line poem or stanza that uses an “a” and “b” rhyme…

Kimo

Continuing on with the A-Z Challenge/National Poetry Month homage, we have the kimo. I’m trying to mix things up as far as types of poetry, size/length, and origin. This form is an Israeli version of the haiku. Apparently, there was a need for more syllables in Hebrew. That said, most of the rules are still…

Jueju

And, we continue with our A-Z Challenge/National Poetry Month homage! Today it’s the Jueju, a Chinese form that consists of a matched pair of couplets each line has either five syllables or seven syllables (the first kind is called a wujue while the second kind is called a qijue because wu and qi translate to…

Imayo

For the A-Z Challenge, I’m paying homage to National Poetry Month. Each day, I’m publishing a poetic form I have never tried before. Today is the imayo, a 4-line Japanese form that has 12 syllables in each line. There is a planned caesura (or pause) between the first 7 syllables and the final 5. The…

Hay(na)ku

For the A-Z Challenge this year, and in honor of National Poetry Month, I’m a attempting a new-to-me form of poetry each day. I’ve written hundreds of haiku over the course of my lifetime, but the hay(na)ku is new to me. Find out more about it here. They are both fun and EASY. Which I…

Ghazal

For the A-Z Challenge this year, I’m also celebrating National Poetry Month (this will likely become a “thing” for me). Today, I’m on to “G,” and since I’m pushing myself to write forms that I have never written before, today, I’m going with the ghazal. The rules for this one are quite complex, and rather…

Flamenca

For the A-Z Challenge, and to celebrate National Poetry Month, each day I’m attempting a form of poetry I have never written before. Today…the flamenca – 5 lines lines 1, 2, 4, and 5 have 6 syllables line 3 has 5 syllables lines 2 and 5 assonate here’s the pattern template, if you want to…

Echo Verse

For the A-Z Challenge, and to celebrate National Poetry Month, I’m attempting a new poetic form every day. Echo Verse repeat the end syllable(s) of each line no other rules there are two ways to do this: repeat the ending syllable(s) at the end of the same line, or repeat the ending syllable(s) on its…

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