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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Gregory's Refrain

This is a poetry form invented in 2008 by Gregory James, writing on Allpoetry.com as Psydewaystears

The poem is Stanzaic, consisting of three or more octets.
Syllable: 8/7/8/7/7/7/7/7
Rhyme: ababxcxc
Refrain: Lines  5 through 7, first four syllables
The Refrain is required for the majority of the stanzas.

Meter:  long lines generally: Anapest,Iamb,Anapest  (da da DUM da DUM da da DUM)
                             Other lines: Anapest,Iamb,Iamb         (da da DUM da DUM da DUM)

Note: These specifications were derived and interpreted by myself, and the meter particularly is not hard and fast, but serves only as the normal guideline.

Example Poem

Take Bites        (Gregory's Refrain)

When the task you have before you
seems too large for just one man
just remember there's one more view
to describe your total plan.
Do a little bit right now
Do a little more today
Save a little for tomorrow
it's more doable that way.

When your tea's much too hot to drink
you don't throw it all away,
you just wait a while I would think.
come back later, it's okay.
While you're waiting check your mail,
While you're waiting make a call,
While you're waiting tidy up.
Oh, that tea-- you've drunk it all.

When the trellis stands starkly bare
though it wants to be embraced
it just waits, and does not despair.
and soon vines will kiss its face.
The vine pushes through the earth.
The vine pushes up the wall,
The vine pushes every day,
up the trellis proud and tall.

While the Mona Lisa looks fit,
I hear Leonardo deigned
it unfinished, he never quit
in the doing much was gained.
Just do part of what you figure
is the task ahead of you
even though you never finish
when you're done the job is through.

© Lawrencealot - August 28, 2013

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