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Explore the Craft of Writing German Verse The Bar Form is a medieval, German stanzaic form. Lutheran chorals and minnesingers of the 12th thru 14th centuries used the form. The Star Spangled Banner is written in Bar form. The elements of the Bar form are: stanzaic, any number of octaves made up of 2 couplets followed by a quatrain. The 2 halves of the octave are known as Aufgesang and the Abgesang "after song". (the Abgesang can use portions of an Aufgesang phrase.) metered, at the discretion of the poet as long as the rhythm of the lines of the first couplet is repeated