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Traditional Mongolian Meter

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Traditional Mongolian Meter is thought to date back to Genghis Khan but the first record of this more sophisticated form is the 17th century. It is a little different than most forms in that the lines are head rhymed.   Alliteration is a prominent element of the form.  
The elements of Traditional Mongolian Meter are:

  1. written in any number of quatrains.
  2. syllabic, usually 7 to 8 syllables.
  3. head rhymed, meaning the first syllable in each line rhymes with the first syllable of the ensuing lines. Rhyme scheme aaaa bbbb cccc etc.  (Remember the rhyme is at the beginning of the line, not the end.) 
  4. alliterated, although alliteration can occur within a couplet and need not be contained within a single line. If true or near rhyme is not present, alliteration of the first word of each line is a must.


    Together we tangoed the years
    tuning out doubts we could make it.
    Today, solo or paired, we jive,
    tomorrow, still on the dance card.
                       ~~Judi Van Gorder

~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

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