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Thursday, March 28, 2013

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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1 comment:

  1. Very nice love poetry.
    I am sharing some of my favorite love poetry here.

    Nazar jab us se milti thi
    Men khud ko bhool jata tha.
    Bas ik dharrkan dharrakti thi
    Men DIL ko bhool jata tha.
    Ussay milney se pehley men boht sajta sanwrta tha.
    Magar jab wo sanwarti thi.
    Men khud ko bhool jata tha.
    Men aksar kitabon pr
    Usi ka nam likhta tha.
    Magar kuch wo jo likhti thi.
    Men likhna bhol jata tha.
    Men aksar hi ye kehta tha.
    Men tum se pyar krta hon.
    Mgr jab wo ye kehti thi.
    Me dunya bhol jata tha…!