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VI. Marathi Region: The Ovi

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Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry
Indian Verse
Regional Verse

18. Ovi is commonly known as 12th century folk-songs of the Maranthi Region of India which expressed love, social irony and heroic events.

Tukaram, a 17th Century Maranthi Poet wrote:

Because I could not lie
I named my dog "God".
Startled at first,
Soon he was smiling
Then dancing!
Now he won't even bite.
Do you suppose this might work
On people, too?

The elements of the Ovi are:

  1. stanzaic, written in any number of 4 line stanzas.
  2. syllabic, 8-8-8-(less than 8 ) syllables
  3. rhymed, with L1, L2, L3 mono-rhymed L4 unrhymed. aaax, x being unrhymed

    Roly Poly by Judi Van Gorder

    The big toothed tot with golden hair
    picked up a bug on Sister's dare,
    it rolled into a ball right there
    and won her springtime heart.

Regional Verse Forms

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