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Thursday, April 3, 2014


  • The Octain is an invented verse form begins and ends the poem with the same word. It was created by Lillian Mathilda Svenson.

    The defining features of the Octain are:
    • an octastich, a poem in 8 lines.
    • syllabic, 2-4-6-8-8-6-4-3 syllables per line. Not a typo, the last line takes 3 syllables but the last word must be the same as the first.
    • rhymed or unrhymed. If it is rhymed the rhyme scheme is AbcdbcdA.

My Thanks to Judi Van Gorder for the wonderful resource at PMO

My Example
Octawhat?     (Octain)

A multi-form
with rhyming or without,
was named "Octain", ain't that a bitch?
If naming your dog, Dog's the norm
then I won't kick about
an octastitch
though confused.

© Lawrencalot - April 3, 2014

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