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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.
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 syllabl