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Posted September 06, 2010 - 07:32 PM

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Invented Forms

I found a few invented forms which appear to be exclusive to The Study and Writing of Poetry; American Women Poets Discuss Their Craft, 1983. The book is a collection of essays from 50 American women poets, each essay provides insights into a multitude of topics from poetic genres, stanzaic forms, to writing techniques. This book provided some addition insights and background information on several stanzaic forms that I thought I had researched fully. I liked this book, it pays attention to the details.
  • The Anna was invented in honor of Arkansas, poet and news columnist, Anna Nash Yarbrough by James R. Gray of California. This creator suggests the theme for this metric verse be love.

    The Anna is:
    • a heptastich, a poem in 7 lines.
    • metric, iambic pattern, L1 dimeter, L2 trimeter, L3 tetrameter, L4 pentameter, L5 tetrameter, L6 trimeter and L7 dimeter.
    • unrhymed.

      Vows by Judi Van Gorder

      a moment
      filled with orchids
      and sweet Savignon
      we pledged our lives
      to love.
  • The Burtonelle is a style of writing more than a form. At first glance I thought this the same as a Cleave or Trigee but this technique produces only one poem not three in one as those forms do. It was introduced by poet, novelist and educator, Wilma W Burton who takes credit only for labeling the technique and writing a poem a day in this style in the Bicentennial year 1976. Her discipline of writing a poem a day in a bound journal has continued well over 20 years and is an exercise she recommends for all aspiring poets.

    The Burtonelle is a poem written in two sections side by side with caesura in the form of a uniform space between the two columns or sides. Punctuation, caps and meter are at the poet's discretion.
    First Steps by Judi Van Gorder

    In zombie stance
    one foot out
    slightly on tip toes
    and another one
    teeth sparkling
    he hovers then steps
    slowly another
    unsteadily another
    His tiny white
    in grin of determination.
  • The Cinquo is a half Crapsey Cinquain.

    The Cinquo is:
    • a pentastich, a poem in 5 lines.
    • syllabic, 1-2-3-4-1 syllables per line.
    • unrhymed.

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  • The Ercil is an invented form introduced by James Gray, created in honor of Arkansas poet, Ercil Brown. This seems to me to be an excercise in meter.

    The Ercil is:
    • a decastich, poem in 10 lines.
    • metric, iambic pattern, L1 &L5 dimeter, L2,L6,L9 & L10 trimeter, L3 & L7 tetrameter and L4 & L8 pentameter.
    • rhymed ababcdcdee.
  • The Fantacy is a visually attractive form because of the fixed pattern of indentation. It was created by Miami poet, Irene Gramling. The tone can range from romantic to a rant.

    The Fantacy is:
    • a poem in 20 lines, made up of a septet, a sixain and a septet, in that order.
    • syllabic, all lines are 4 syllables each except L3 of each stanza.
    • rhymed, scheme abccaba deffed gghhiii.
    • composed with indentation in L2-L6 and L9-L12. L2,L6,L9 & L12 indented 2 spaces, L3,L5,L10 & L12 are indented 3 spaces and L4 is indented 4 spaces. L1,L7,L8,L13-L20 are not indented.
  • The Grayette is an invented verse form created by James R Gray of Commerce, California.

    The Grayette is:
    • a poem in 12 lines.
    • metric, iambic L1,L6,L7 and L12 are monometer, L2, L5,L8 and L11 are dimeter, L3, L4, L9 and L10 are tetrameter.
    • rhymed, x a b a x b x c d c x d, - x being unrhymed.

      x x
      x x x a
      x x x x x x x b
      x x x x x x x a
      x x x x
      x b
      x x
      x x x c
      x x x x x x x d
      x x x x x x x c
      x x x x
      x d
  • The Orvillette is an invented verse form crated by Virginia Noble as a tribute to her son, Orville, a disabled World War II paratrouper.

    The Orvillette is:
    • a verse form, written in 4 quatrains, a poem in 16 lines.
    • metered, iambic tetrameter.
    • composed with a refrain and a rentrament. L1 is repeated as L1 in each quatrain. The first 3 syllables of L4 are repeated as the first 3 syllables of L4 in each quatrain.
    • rhymed, Raba Rcbc Rdbd Rebe. L3 of each stanza carries a linking rhyme between stanzas.

      x x x x x x x R
      x x x x x x x a
      x x x x x x x b
      r r r x x x x a

      x x x x x x x R
      x x x x x x x c
      x x x x x x x b
      r r r x x x x c etc.
  • The Octo is an invented syllabic verse form introduced by James Neille Northe.

    The Octo is:
    • an octastich, a poem in 8 lines.
    • syllabic, all lines are 8 syllables each.
    • rhymed ABCxxCBA, x being unrhymed.
    • written with L1 repeated as L8, L2 repeated as L7 and L3 repeated as L6.
  • The Onda Mel is an invented verse form introduced by Renelda Gibson.

    The Onda Mel is:
    • an octastich, a poem in 8 lines made up of 2 quatrains.
    • syllabic, 8-4-4-8-8-4-4-8 syllables per line.
    • rhymed abbacddc.

      Politics by Judi Van Gorder
      Politics have never drawn me
      Over my head
      Put me to bed
      Always multiple sides to see
      But now I can't ignore the pull
      Fear and anger rise
      Daily surprise
      So much info, mind is full

  • The Oriental Octet is an invented verse form that appears to emulate the syllabic pattern of the tanka and haiku. It was created by James R. Gray who requests the theme of the poem be nature.

    The Oriental Octet is:
  • The Shadorma is a simple syllabic verse form created by James Neill Northe that is most effective when written using strong words or phrases.

    The Shadorma is:
    • a hexastich, a poem in 6 lines although you certainly could choose to write any number of sixains in this syllabic pattern.
    • syllabic, 3-5-3-3-7-5 syllables per line.
    • unrhymed.
  • The Tango is an invented stanzaic form introduced by Chiquita LoJuana Gonzolas Sills.

    The Tango is:
    • stanzaic, written in any number of quatrains.
    • syllabic, 9-10-11-12 syllables per line.
    • rhymed, xaxa xbxb etc. x being unrhymed.
  • The Tripod is an invented verse form which has been used widely in Arkansas workshops. Created by Frances T. Brinkley who suggests the subject be relationships between men.

    The Tripod is:
    • a pentastich, a poem in 5 lines but name implies the number 3 so it makes sense to me that this form should be expanded using 3 cinquains.
    • syllabic, 3-6-9-6-3 syllables per line.
    • unrhymed.

      Brothers by Judi Van Gorder
      Bonded by
      boredom punctuated
      with fear, born in a Humvie rattling
      through some Stone Age village
      called Amrut.

      Weapons aimed
      while scruffy children play
      in rubble from yesterday's air strike.
      Young soldiers in kevlar
      watch shadows.

      No wheat fields
      or big city subways,
      the only thing like home is the guy
      next to you. Only he
      has your back.

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