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Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Southeast Asian Verse Laos: is a landlocked country surrounded by China, Burma, Viet Nam, Cambodia and Thailand and the literature of the country understandably has been influenced by its neighbors. Buddhism dominated the early writings of Laos and like many of the Southeast Asian cultures, Laoasian poetry was to be performed rather than read. Glawn or gaun (Thai) is a common Lao song and verse form. There is a set tonal pattern in this verse which is impossible to duplicate in English. This form was found at Kaleidoscope.com. The elements of t