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…

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