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German Poetry

Goliardic Verse (Germanic verb to sing or entertain) was a popular verse of the Goliards, wandering scholars of the 12th and 13th century in rhymed and accented Latin. The form became linked with satire specifically, mockery of the Church.

The defining features of Goliard Verse are:

  1. syllabic, 13 syllable lines, in hemistiches of 6 and 7 syllables. Sometimes L4 is only 12 syllables.
  2. stanzaic, written in any number of quatrains.
  3. mono-rhymed, lines end in feminine rhyme. Rhyme scheme aaaa bbbb.

    Lament by Judi Van Gorder

    Mother Church serves the poor, it is one of her niches.
    Now she's been tested with threat to her riches
    from former abused, altar boys becoming snitches,
    claiming clerics have strayed, unzipping their britches.

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