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  1. A poem in Balassi form (bbaccadda, with syllable counts 6/6/7/6/6/7/6/6/7) We met on a blind date. She was half an hour late, but I was even later. We had not much to say. Her eyes oft went astray. I think she liked the waiter. But I remained polite, and did my best that night not to aggravate her. The evening was too long. The chemistry, all wrong. We both welcomed our parting. But days after we dined, she wouldn’t leave my mind. I felt a passion starting. I broke down and called her, which I think appalled her. Her coldness left me smarting. But I would not take “no." She’d set my heart aglow, with no sane explanation. I begged her for a chance to kindle a romance, through mutual stimulation of body, heart, and soul. 'Twas my romantic goal. But I feared her damnation. So I was shocked when she agreed to go with me to the bistro where we’d met. The date was not the worst; a big step from the first; a delightful tete-a-tete. It’s now been thirty years since getting past our fears, and each year gets better yet.
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    Hungary: Balassi Stanza

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Slavic Verse The Balassi Stanza is attributed to Bálint Balassi (1554-1594) who is probably Hungary's best known Renaissance poet. His work included poetry about his battles with the Turks and his love poems to a woman he called Julia. His poetry was known for the richness of its forms and was a blend of Turkish, Polish and Hungarian folk poetry. The elements of the Balassi Stanza are: stanzaic, written as a line which can be broken into a tercet at the rhyme. Any number of lines or tercets may be written. syllabic, a line of 19 syllables which can be broken into a tercet of 6-6-7 syllables per line. rhymed, internal rhyme at the 6th and 12th syllables and the end rhyme of the line is the end rhyme of subsequent lines. When broken into tercets, the rhyme scheme is bbA ccA ddA etc. Magic of the Muse by Judi Van Gorder Cracking open a book of poems, the first look inside serves up a foretaste. A flip of the slick page made to entice, engage the eager reader, posthaste. The words are all in line, meter and rhyme combine with an inspiration graced. or Magic of the Muse Cracking open a book of poems, the first look inside serves up a foretaste. A flip of the slick page made to entice, engage the eager reader, posthaste. The words are all in line, meter and rhyme combine with an inspiration graced. Belarus Czech Georgia Latvia Russia Ukraine
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