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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Stave Stanza

A poem which is:
Stanzaic:    Having three or more sestet verses.
Isosyllabic:  Line length not specified but all of same length.
Metrical:      Usually iambic tetrameter.
Repetitive:   Having either one or two refrain repeated throughout.
Rhymed:      Scheme aabbcC ddeecC ffggcC...etc, or
                                 AabbaA AaccaA AaddaA..etc.

Other Sources:

Structure, Metrical Requirement, Repetitive Requirement, Rhyme Scheme Requirement, Isosyllabic, Stanzaic
A short-lined (usually tetrameter or less) drinking song stanza form. A stricter definition has the stave as a six-line stanza of uniform line length composed of rhymed couplets with a refrain: aabbcC ddeecC ffggcC, etc. The strictest form has the refrain as both first and last line of the sestet, giving: AabbaA AaccaA AaddaA, etc.
ffggcC, etc. or
AaddaA, etc.
Where C or A are refrains repeated throughout.

Thanks to Bob Newman, his is a wonderful resource.

Type: Stanzaic; rhyme; repetition; isosyllabic.

Description: A variation on using couplets to construct a sestet. The form consists of a refrain line which is the last line of each stanza, therefore the last couplet of each stanza also rhymes. Lines should be isosyllabic*.

Schematic: aabbcC ddeecC ffggcC etc

Stanza Length: 6 lines

Poem Length: 18 + lines

© Jem Farmer 2008, all rights reserved.

 Thanks to Jem Farmer.

 My Example Poem

Kandinsky Clothes       (Stave Stanza)

"I want to stroll and get some sun.
You're artistic, aren't you, my hon?
I haven't got a thing to wear.
You'll paint me something if you care."
Sure, I can do that heaven knows
you look just fine in painted clothes.

With sun-screen added to my oils,
I began my most earnest toils,
My mind had wander when you moaned,
thank Gawd your mother telephoned.
That kept the other subject closed.
you look just fine in painted clothes.

Most folks took little heed at all
as we both strolled across the mall.
One connoisseur observing it
exclaimed out loud, "That's one fine fit.
It's all just as I had supposed
you look just fine in painted clothes.

© Lawrencealot - July 15, 2013

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