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Four Syllable Verse

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Four Syllable Verse found in Drury's dic-tion-ar-y, appears to be a variation of the Lu Shi verse form Ssu Yen Shih. No background was given for the form.


Four Syllable Verse is:

  • stanzaic written in 3 quatrains.
  • syllabic, lines of 4 syllables each.
  • rhymed, rhyme scheme aaxa bbcc cdcd.
  • since I am pretty sure this is just a variation of Ssu Yen Shih, I am adding to Drury's description and include the important feature of all Lu Shi poetry, this should be written with parallels


    Stand Off by Judi Van Gorder


    ice blue eyes search

    ready to lurch

    spots prey in flight

    light on his perch


    patient stalker

    quiet gawker,

    fine feathered flirt

    sparrow alert


    down in the dirt

    a killer waits

    songbird is curt

    trills as he baits

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