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Friday, February 21, 2014

Oddquain Butterfly

Oddquain is a short, usually unrhymed poem consisting of seventeen syllables distributed 1, 3, 5, 7, 1 in five lines, developed by Glenda L. Hand.

Oddquain variations:

oddquain sequences - poems made up of oddquain stanzas

crown oddquains - a five stanza oddquain sequence

reverse oddquains - a oddquain with a reverse syllable pattern of 1-7-5-3-1

mirror oddquains - a two stanza oddquain sequence of the pattern 1-3-5-7-1 1-7-5-3-1

oddquain butterflies - a “merged mirror oddquain” where the two stanzas of a mirror oddquain are merged together, one of the middle 1 syllable lines is dropped, resulting in one nine line stanza of the form 1-3-5-7-1-7-5-3-1. Please note that a oddquain butterfly is not a “oddquain” because it doesn’t have five lines, but it is “butterfly” made up of two oddquains that were merged together into one poem.

Thanks to Shadow Poetry for the above.

I have selected only the Mirror Oddquain here, to represent the oddquain series, simply to introduce a cousin into the Cinquain family tree.

Related forms: Baxter's Hexastitch, Butterfly CinquainCinquinoCrapsey Cinquain, CinqCinquainCinquain ChainCinquain Swirl,  Didactic CinquainMirror CinquainOddquain ButterflyStandard Cinquain 

My example poem.

This is Odd

odd because
the numbers are not
even, though that's not even
Even even numbers can
at times strike me odd
I swear to

© Lawrencealot - February 21, 2014

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