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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. Technically, head rhyme is just the first consonant of each line matching. However,  while still alliterative, with the matched consonant heading the line, it is often seen as the first syllable in each line rhyming 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.

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    Together we tangoed the years
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    tomorrow, still on the dance card.
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Rhyme to Begin

Ride  an elephant with Genghis Khan,
write in an ancient Mongolian form
rife with head rhyme and similar sounds,
righteous word donations excepted.
                           ~~ Judi Van Gorder.  

 

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