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Sunday, March 31, 2013

15-10 Alternating

A poem where 15 syllable stanzas which begin with an anapest foot and having couplet rhyme
alternate with 10 syllable iambic stanzas with cross rhyme.
Rhyme Pattern: aabb cdcd

I first saw this used by Jeff Green but have no ideas if is already a name form/

Example Poem

Constitutional Deficiency

A democracy cannot endure when gimme people learn
that they can persuade their reps to confiscate what others earn.
This was first proclaimed by Tytler, then Alexis de Tocqueville
The right to direct one's earnings is in fact what makes one free.

My liberal friends think as I once did,
that government should cure whatever's wrong.
I recognized my error as a kid.
Someone must pay the piper for his song.

We've had only one elected man at top who truly tried
to impede the juggernaught we've wrought but could not hold the tide.
To defend our nation, use its strength to minimize abuse
are enough, but power wants more growth and leaps to find excuse.

The Tytle Cycle must run its full course.
Our try died not from faulty prior design.
We'll work for masters like the noble horse.
The blame my friends is really yours and mine.

© Lawrencealot - Feb. 7, 2013

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5/3 Meter

A poem consisting of an odd number of quatrains
I have no idea if this form has been otherwise named, if you know please advise.
Alternating lines of 5 and 3 syllables, where
the odd lines consist of  an IAMB and an ANAPEST
da-DUM da-DUM-da
and the even lines consist of a DACTYL 
Each stanza uses individual rhyme pattern -abab
where the b-rhymes are always feminine
The first stanza is repeated as the final stanza.

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7/5 Trochee

The 7/5 Trochee, created by Andrea Dietrich, of 2 or more quatrain stanzas with the following set rules:

Meter:  Trochaic
Syllabic: 7/5/7/5
Rhyme Scheme: a/b/c/b  or  a/b/a/b

The meter is trochee, which means alternating stressed and
unstressed beats in each line, with each line beginning and
ending in a stressed syllable. This is a simple lyrical type
little poem, so rhymes will be basic, nothing fancy.
The poem itself should give a description of something of interest to the poet.
There is not a set number of these quatrain type stanzas, 
but a typical 7/5 Trochee would consist of two quatrains,
with the second stanza serving to tie up the idea presented in the first stanza.

Example Poem


Sleeping eight hours every night 
Seems to some devine. 
Choosing such is quite their right. 
Just don't make it mine. 

I will sleep that much or more. 
Taking smaller blocks. 
For in afternoon I snore 
Even wearing socks.

© Lawrencealot -  June 19, 2012

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Friday, March 29, 2013


The Alliterisen (Complex and Rhyming), a form created by Udit Bhatia, is a simple seven-lined poem with a specific syllable pattern and two alliterations per line.  For example: Glorious Graves, and wonderful waves. Alliteration is the succession of similar consonant sounds. They are not recognized by spelling, but rather by sounds.

The syllable structure for the Complex Alliterisen is as follows:

1st line- x syllables
2nd line- x+2 syllables
3rd line- x-1 syllables
4th line- (x+2)-1 syllables
5th line- x-2 syllables
6th line- (x+2)-2 syllables
7th line- x syllables

which allows for infinite syllable sequences.

Example Poem

The Knight of the Shopping Queen (  Complex Alliterisen with monorhyme)

Momma mumbles and grandpa grumbles but off they go.
She's got stores selected and he's got gumption and lots of dough.
Solicitous salesmen appear, all with grand goods to show
needles, brass bobbins, templates and many fine fabrics to sew
Gramps grabs her next favored choice;  takes it in tow.
Store after store momma's  proven plaza pro
And Gramps just grins and waits until when momma says whoa.

© Lawrencealot - Feb 3, 2012

--Must have only 7 syllables in each line (isosyllabic)
--Must use aabbccd rhyme scheme.
--Must have only 7 lines in the stanza.
--Must have one alliteration per line.
--Must be only one stanza (although you could create one with two stanzas and call it a Double Rhyming Alliterisen-which means a three stanza one would be called a Triple Rhyming Alliterisen, and so on.)

Example Poem

Facing Off

My clock was clearly mocking
with its tick-ing and tock-ing.
"Get to work, write right away.
I track time through-out the day.
I'm not mocking you, fine friend,
just prodding your plodding pen."
His song's sure despite his face.

© Lawrencealot - April 13, 2013

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The Alouette, created by Jan Turner,
consists of two or more stanzas of 6 lines each,
with the following set rules:
Meter: 5, 5, 7, 5, 5, 7
Rhyme Scheme: a, a, b, c, c, b

The form name is a French word meaning 'skylark' or larks that fly high,
the association to the lark's song being appropriate for the musical quality
of this form. The word 'alouette' can also mean a children's song
(usually sung in a group), and although this poetry form is not necessarily
for children's poetry (but can be applied that way), it is reminiscent of
that style of short lines.  Preference for the meter accent is on the
third syllable of each line.

Example Poem

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I'm not satisfied
and my dreams have died.
I wanted to do much more.
I lived for the day,
then you went away,
Now I long for distant shore.

My clock's running out,
I've cancer and gout,
but I'm prosperous and free.
My wealth they could keep
if I could but sleep
close to you, across the sea.

© Lawrencealot - April 18,2012

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Alphabet Haiku

Modern haiku form created by  Beatrice Evans, aka Ronnica at Allpoetry
It requires only strict 5 7 5 syllable construction
with all words beginning with the same letter.

There is no requirement for aha moment and punctuation and metaphor and photos are permitted.

Example Poems

Train track talisman
telling tardy trains that the
tapestry takes time.

Taciturn tableau
 tamed, tree-trunk's tight tendrils tie--
throttle tampering.

(c) Lawrencealot - Feb 23, 2013

 Related Forms: Alphabet Haiku,  Crystalline,  Haibun,  Haiga,  Haiku Haikuette,  KimoLune, PixikuRhaikuSijoUkiahZip

Amphibrach Trimeter

The amphibrach is a trisyllabic metrical foot, which in accentual meter consists of an accented syllable between two unaccented syllables.

Example Poem

Bird Watching

Reclining relaxed in the garden
the cat was ignoring my  calling,
indifferently birds kept on chirping,
idyllic conditions for poets.
Amusing deception, cat lazy
and silent just waiting for breakfast.
Indolent or working at trapping
a birdie who thinks that he's sleeping?
I'll leave now before I spoil something. 

 © Lawrencealot - May 5, 2012

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This is an Aquarian
Invented by A. Maris Mazz
Each stanza  has lines of 2-4-6-2 syllables
Any number of stanzas permitted.

Example Poem

A Long One Does Too

A short 
has fourteen syllables. 
No more.

(c) Lawrencealot - Oct 10,2012


Friday, March 29, 2013
9:15 AM
It was invented by Madison Shaw, aka Arkbear on Allpoetry.

12 lines with ( 1 ) break between
each stanza, a total of ( 2 ) breaks,
and a total of ( 3 ) stanzas.
The two ( 7 ) syllable lines, must use *end* Rhyme.
Syllable count is:

each day is
so slow to kill.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Dying piece by piece,
an inner self, outer shell,
crumbled as this lady fell
- bitter and broken.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
My soul wishes
to feel

Example Poem


be earned
by accident.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
it takes an event
to create.  A man must know
words  spoken by you are so.
Promise means intent.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
If kept when not
you earn

© Lawrencealot - May 26, 2012

Arkquain String

It was invented by Madison Shaw, aka Arkbear on Allpoetry.


Most important..>>>.......Every ( 7 ) Syllable Line,
MUST Rhyme with each other, within their own Arkquain ~

Essentially THREE arkquains STRUNG together.

Example Poem


tongue probes
parted lips
seeking your own.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Hesitant to leave
your lips, tongue tests lips texture,
explores their architecture.
Lingers lanquishly.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Then, insisting,
drives to touch
your own

tip, over,
then whole tongue squeezed.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Your mouth consuming
my probing, demanding tongue;
projecting promises sung
to lower body.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
My lips seek you
inside of
my mouth

know that
this tongue tastes
tempting texture.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Warm smooth undulate
deems greedy mouth but proxy
for the vessel this foxy
lady promises.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
pulse increase,
© Lawrencealot - May 26, 2012

Arkquain Swirl

It is basically a segmented/augmented Arkquain String.
It was invented by Madison Shaw, aka Arkbear on Allpoetry.

*syllable cnt: 1234~5775~4321234~5775~4321234~5775~4321
*7 syllable lines end rhyme 

Example Poem

Let's Write an Arkquain Swirl

is the
way we write
an Arkquain swirl.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Think ahead and make
the longest lines end in rhyme.
Use equisized words each time.
create shape and form.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
An Arkquain swirl
is somewhat
like a
That is
in its measure.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
An Arkquain swirl must
be a pleasing site to see.
if like a girl it must be.
So pick words with care.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Or act like you're
drunk and choose
and you
may find you'l
create a witch.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
And I can foresee
A time when that will pay off.
Until then, you can lay-off.
chopping up this form.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
This Arkquain Swirl
might make you
want to

© Lawrencelaot - May 25, 2012 


The ATRINA form was Invented by Keith Metcalf Drew of AllPoetry.
The poem consists of four verses, the first three verses are constructed of four lines.
Each line consists of 8 beats.
The first and last lines in each verse are exactly the same.
The third line in each verse is of similar wording to the second line or reversed i however prefer it if you use the same words but reversed.
Then when you have written the three verses.
The fourth verse consists of the first two lines from each of the three verses.
Here is an example:
Her heart it pales in shades of grey,
The pain inside to ever stay,
Inside the pain to ever stay,
Her heart it pales in shades of grey,
Reciting all the poems she’d read,
The lover lost within her bed,
Lost the lover within her bed,
Reciting all the poems she’d read,
And deep within she still believes,
The angels keep her heart its grief,
The grief her heart the angels keep,
And deep within she still believes,
Her heart it pales in shades of grey,
The pain inside to ever stay,
Reciting all the poems she’d read,
The lover lost within her bed,
And deep within she still believes.
The angels keep her heart its grief.

 Example Poem

From the Mist    (Atrina)

A love like yours is heaven's gift.
It saved a soul that was adrift.
A soul was saved that was adrift.
A love like yours is heaven's gift.

You came to me out of the mist.
Your lips demanding to be kissed.
Your lips expecting to be kissed.
You came to me out of the mist.

I left mere mortals on the shore
to be with you forever more.
with you I'll be forever more.
I left mere mortals on the shore.

A love like yours is heaven's gift.
It saved a soul that was adrift.
You came to me out of the mist.
Your lips demanding to be kissed.
I left mere mortals on the shore
to be with you forever more.

© Lawrencealot - March 10, 2013
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The Epulaeryu poem was invented by Joseph S. Spence, Sr., based on years of research. The name was selected while touring the Mediterranean, Asia, and America, and enjoying a variety of succulent and nourishing cuisines and drinks of flavor with an international taste.
Joseph used to play on AP as spencej, and a  Double Reverse Epulaeryu of his is here:

The Epulaeryu poem is:
A Seven-line poem
It is syllabic              : 7/5/7/5/5/3/1
it is unrhymed
it is unmetered
It is about delicious cuisine and drinks from the culinary arts.
The final one-syllable word must ends with and exclamation point.

 The form is 7/5/7/5/5/3/1. Each line has one thought relating to the main cuisine. Therefore, this new poetic form, the Epulaeryu, which has corresponding lines built around the main dish and drinks, ends with an exclamation point, and concludes with the writer's excitement and feelings about such a specially flavored cuisine.

Here is my attempt.

Pineapple-Upside-Down-Cake (Epulaeryu)

with cherries or not, 
juice, not water, then you bake. 
What a treat you've got! 
Tip it up then eat 
a yummy 

© July 19, 2013 - Lawrencealot

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Awdl Gywydd

Awdl Gywydd
Type: structure, meter, rhyme, stanzaic.

Description: Pronounced ‘owdl gow-widd’. Seven syllable quatrains with end rhymes and couplet binding. Welsh origin.


xxaxxxb (a can be 3rd or 4th syllable)
xxcxxxb (c can be 3rd or 4th syllable)

Mid-line rhymes a and c can be various forms of rhyme but the end of line rhyme b should be perfect rhyme.

Stanza Length: quatrain.

Example Poem

Midnight Ride When Full of Beer

At the game I took a chance
then at the dance I drank more.
After the twelfth beer of mine
I was supine on the floor.

They gave me hot coffee sips
which burned my lips but woke me
up so I could drink some more.
and made me sure want to pee.

After irrigating long,
the jukebox song seemed too loud.
I had the bartender send
beer to a friend in the crowd.

We both drank more; both got drunk.
Who would have thunk?  Just on beer?
When the bar closed I was stoned
so help was phoned, have no fear.

"You can't drive.  There's not a chance.
The Beerbulance is waiting.
Along with the sodden maid
we're all afraid you're dating."

 © Lawrencealot - February 14, 2013

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Balassi Stanza

This is a Balassi Stanza.  There are no limits on number  of stanzas.
The Rhyme Scheme is: bbaccadda
Syllable count is: 667667667 

The Balassi Stanza is attributed to Bálint Balassi (1554-1594) who is probably Hungary's best known Renaissance poet. His work included poetry about his battles with the Turks and his love poems to a woman he called Julia. His poetry was known for the richness of its forms and was a blend of Turkish, Polish and Hungarian folk poetry.

It is believed that this stanza form was used by the Hungarian poet Balint Balassi, who rationalised it from a three line form consisting of 19 syllables per line, and broke it up by the use of internal rhymes.
This evolved into a rhyme scheme as follows

x. x. x. x. x. a.
x. x. x. x. x. a.
x. x. x. x. x. x. d
x. x. x. x. x. b
x. x. x. x. x. b
x. x. x. x. x. x. d
x. x. x. x. x. c
x. x. x. x. x. c
x. x. x. x. x. x. d

May be presented as three-line stanzas.

Fun to Watch   (Balassi Stanza)

Tournament basketball
is winter's gift from fall.
I went just to watch the best.

A lady sat in front;
her stature made me want
to miss plays and watch her chest.

Her skin was silky smooth
as any point guard's move,
which I missed, it's now confessed.

  © Lawrencealot - January 11, 2013

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013


 A short narrative poem with stanzas of two or four lines and usually a refrain. The story of a ballad can originate from a wide range of subject matter but most frequently deals with folk-lore or popular legends.

They are written in straight-forward verse, seldom with detail, but always with graphic simplicity and force. Most ballads are suitable for singing and, while sometimes varied in practice, are generally written in ballad meter, i.e., alternating lines of iambic tetrameter and iambic trimeter, with the last words of the second and fourth lines rhyming.

Example Poem

Part of a composite poem called
Loves Lost

When cancer took my mom away
I wished it had been me.
Yet Johnnie's pain was just the same,
that anyone could see.

I took the emo route and thought
I'd maybe end my life.
Then Johnny took up guiding reins
no longer held by wife.

He brought me back from self-abuse
and stopped me being wild.
He gave me strength and sound advice
a mother gives her child.

He told me my virginity
was not for common guys;
it was a one-time gift to give
to true love as a prize.

"To honor your mom, succeed now
and in your coming life."
He cared for me relentlessly
while having now no wife.

My love for Jonny, grew with me,
(for I'd begun to bloom.)
I fantasized about my  "dad"
when lonely in my room.

He was a "hunk" my girl-friends thought.
I'd always shared that view.
Two hundred pounds of sculptured male
and standing six-foot-two.

My want was such I had to touch
his beauty every day.
I'd accidently show down blouse
and make my cute butt sway.

And when I'd sit upon his lap
before "goodnights" were said,
I'd feel him grow and I would know,
what he would do in bed.

Then one warm summer day instead
of sitting I just rode
his leg.  It was spontaneous
and caused me to explode.

His want was clear, but one lone tear
I saw roll down his face.
He thought accepting offered gift
would be his life's disgrace.

We talked and hugged and he held
me closely while he said,
"My sweetheart Ann, when you're eight-teen
I think that we should wed.

© Lawrencealot - November 10, 2012


Ballade, not to be confused with a Ballad.
Pronouced:  bahl ODD, rhymes with God.

The ballade typically consists of three stanzas of 8 lines each, 
with a concluding 4-line envoi often addressed to a prince.
 The stanzas and envoi employ a refrain in the last line. 
The rhyme scheme is ababbcbC ababbcbC ababbcbC bcbC. 
I found both tetrameter and pentameter poems, but no definition.

Example Poem

The Puppy

An only child I grew up free
of sibling squabbles, which was fine.
No nieces, nephews, there for me,
I was a lone leaf on the vine,
the end of this old family line.
I never felt my life flawed.
I found a puppy in decline.
A puppy was my gift from God.

I found the fellow by a tree,
abandoned, nestled by a pine.
We were then poor, but he was free!
I pledged to feed him food of mine.
The way we bonded seemed divine.
My mom and grandma were both awed.
The puppy never once did whine.
A puppy was my gift from God.

I taught the puppy where to pee.
He learned to sit with just a sign.
Where ever I was, there was he.
I nursed him 'til his eyes did shine
with life,  no more was he supine.
He slept with me;  he never gnawed.
He filled lonesome days with sunshine.
A puppy was my gift from God.

That puppy made my life benign.
Oh, Prince of Peace, men must applaud
the wonder of the grand design.
A puppy is a gift from God.

© Lawrencealot - April 22,2012

Related forms: Ballade, Ballade StanzaBallade Supreme, Double Ballade, Canzone II, Chanso, Double Ballade Supreme, Double Refrain Ballade, Double Refrain Ballade Supreme, Grand Ballade or Chant Royal.

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A shaped form invented by Madison Shaw, aka Arkbear on Allpoetry
with syllable count
form should be centered with care given to appearance.

Example Poem

Fake It

Fake it
'til you make it
is an axiom that
will amaze you with its results.
Pick any skill you want
to master and
try it.
From braiding string
to throwing clay, just do
it like you already knew how.
First effort might not please,
but soon they  will.
Fake it.
If you are glum
but glum you wish to quit,
act happy.  Happy you'll  become.
It sounds a bit simplistic, but don't doubt
my word on this!  This works with other folks about.
You'll  change the room; pretense has so much clout.
You can pollute a fun room too
if you aren’t mad and that's
what want to do
Fake it.
I used to have
to think and think to find
a proper rhyme, so simply used
made-up words, and talked like
doctor Seuss or
Goose.   Less than a
week of that, and rhyming
was so natural my life may
be at risk from deranged
wife.  Maybe don't
Fake it.

© Lawrencealot - May 31, 2012

BushBallad Meter

Informal name created by Mary Boren Sullivan, aka on Allpoetry.com.
Am adding it so others can have a go at a delightful metric experience.
OK, that's not the official name for it, but this particular rhyme scheme & metrical pattern echoes of thundering hooves, which makes me think of Banjo Paterson.  If you're stuck in iambic mode, it's a good way to break free.   

The form lends itself to light verse, but is versatile enough to support serious topics as well.  The meter is anapestic, as follows, presented in six-line stanzas with a rhyme scheme of aabccb.

ta da DUM / ta da DUM / da
ta DUM / ta da DUM / da
ta DUM /  ta da DUM / ta da DUM
If it feels more natural, you can substitute with an iamb for the first foot and/or move the feminine trailing syllables into the next line, like so ...
ta DUM / ta da DUM
ta da DUM / ta da DUM
ta da DUM /  ta da DUM / ta da DUM

Example Poem


My words are exacting 
yours simply distracting 
You argue in circles, at best.
You think that deceiving 
just  'cus you're believing 
Is okay, your  thinking is blessed.
Now, when you disparage 
an old friend's new marriage 
or put down another's good work
or put on two faces 
when speaking of races, 
you're behavior drives me berserk.
I'm mostly quite friendly, 
but  if in the end we
diverge so in our views, my friend,
though I'll still be mellow
and a jolly fellow,
I reckon our friendship will end.

© Lawrencealot - April, 2012

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