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  1. Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Invented Forms Poetry Styles is a website that briefly explains the how-to of many classic verse forms and includes some invented forms that appear to have originated within its community of poets, especially the webmaster Christina Jussaume. Several of Christina's invented forms have some spiritual feature. I have found some of these forms on other sites. I also include them here. The Acronet is an invented verse form that appears to be a combination of an Acrostic and a Nonet, created by Patricia A Farnswort-Simpson in 2008. The elements of the A
  2. Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Invented Forms Spring Blossoms A sign of spring beginnings, delicate white with powder pink veins, petals join at the center with spider legs, the gentle tangy sweet aroma of apples complete the vision that floats like sea foam upon limbs seemingly barren only a month ago. Trees neatly lined side by side bloom in unison. --Judi Van Gorder Visual or Shape Verse All written verse is visual, the line length, stanzaic selection, capitalization etc. visually all influence the reader. But the genre of Visual or Shap
  3. Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Invented Forms Writing.com is a site that took me years to master. It is all about writing, novels, poetry, short stories, whatever. Writers may post their work and blogs and it appears massive. I originally found it difficult to maneuver through the maze, I have since figured the site out. In order to take advantage of all of its features it costs money. There is limited access for free. However it is loaded with prompts, contests and challenges that can be fun and informative. Skill ranges from beginner to professional writers. Unfortunately at
  4. Tinker

    Invented Verse Forms

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Invented Verse Form You might say all verse forms were invented. All forms had to begin with a single poem, a creation of composition and content that inspired others to imitate if not the content, the frame or structure of the piece. Traditional verse and stanzaic forms are identified and named over time, but there are forms that were created to be imitated. It has become a phenomenon with the advent of poetic communities on the internet. And even long before the internet, the creation of invented forms was a teaching tool used by educators to help the
  5. Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Invented Forms Pathways for the Poet by Viola Berg (1977) is a book for and by educators. Classic poetic forms as well as many invented forms which appear to have been invented as teaching tools or exercises for use in workshops or classrooms are included. Some of these invented forms I have found in use in internet poetry communities, a testament to their staying power. On this page I include the metric invented forms found there in which appear to be exclusive to the community of educators from whom Ms. Berg drew her support. I have yet to find these
  6. Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry The Sonnet Sonnet Comparison Chart Invented Forms Poet's Collective, is where Lawrence Eberhart has gathered forms he has found interesting. He usually simply finds a form, copies and pastes the information giving the source credit, analyses the frame, maybe adds a comment and then writes some of the best example poems I've encountered. Many of the invented forms unique to the site were originally found at All Poetry, A poetry community where there are some poetry courses and many blog like forums that include poetry of the members as well as informatio
  7. Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Invented Forms Shadow Poetry is a poetry community that has been on line since 2000. It encourages poets to "walk out of the shadows with their poetry". It is a popular site with on line poets who, though they may not be contributing members, use the site as a resource. Often they return to their own communities with some new challenge they found at Shadow Poetry or with a new poem inspired by the site's resources. The following forms were found either exclusive to that site or appear to have been invented by Shadow members. Some of these forms are bett
  8. Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Invented Forms I found a few invented forms which appear to be exclusive to The Study and Writing of Poetry; American Women Poets Discuss Their Craft, 1983. The book is a collection of essays from 50 American women poets, each essay provides insights into a multitude of topics from poetic genres, stanzaic forms, to writing techniques. This book provided some additional insights and background information on several stanzaic forms that I thought I had researched fully. I liked this book, it pays attention to the details. The Anna was invented in hon
  9. Tinker

    Afflatus or Projacking

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Invented Forms Afflatus and/or Projack Afflatus is defined as "the act of blowing or breathing on" and also "overmastering impulse". As a poetic genre, it is the response to an existing poem by another poet in spirit, construction, theme etc inspiring one's own creation.. Afflatus is taking inspiration from another poem, when using the same structure it is the same as Projacking. Projacking is an exercise in writing learned from a poetry workshop on-line. Basically it means writing a poem using the frame or structure from a published no
  10. Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Invented Verse Forms Allitersen (Complex and Rhyming) - Here are some recent invented verse forms from India. Complex Alliterisen is an invented verse form originating in India. Udit Bhatia a student at Delhi Public School first created the form which can be found on-line at Shadow Poetry. It relies heavily on alliteration and carries a variable syllabic meter. The elements of the Complex Allitersen are: a heptastich, a poem in 7 lines. syllabic. The first line of the poem sets up the number of syllables for each subsequent line. L1,L6,
  11. Tinker

    Atarlis Fileata

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Invented Forms Irish Verse Atarlis Fileata (a-ar-lee fee-lay-ah-tay), which is Gaelic for "repeating poetic" is a stanzaic verse which doesn't seem to adhere to the standards of the ancient Irish forms. So I can only assume this is a more recent invented form, possibly the creation of Cathy at Mosaic Musings although she doesn't indicate it as such. The elements of the Atarlis Fileata are: stanzaic, written in any number of septets but each septet must be able to stand alone, therefore a narrative would not be appropriate. measured by n
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    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Invented Forms Cherita (pronounced CHAIR-rita) is a short verse that tells a story. It was created by ai li, UK poet and artist. Cherita is a Malay word for story or tale. It was found at Larry Kimmel.Tripod.com The elements of the Cherita are: a narrative, it should tell a story hexastich, a 6 line poem made up of 3 separate stanzas. A single line, a couplet and a tercet. syllabic without specific syllables per line. unrhymed. a poem that can be written by 1, 2 or 3 poets. Stray
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    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Invented Forms Haiku Crystalline Verse is a small poem, limited to 17 syllables, whose primary focus appears to be to match the Japanese clarity of image with the English harmony of sound. It was inspired by the Haiku and like the haiku it may be at its best when written in present tense. Any reference that can place the verse in context much like the Japanese kigo (season) or kidai (symbolic seasonal reference) is recommended. The Crystalline employs the kireji (cutting word) of the haiku. The kireji in haiku is a word that "cuts off" one view and
  14. Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Invented Forms The Diamante or Diamond Poem is a contrast verse form commonly taught in middlegrade classrooms, it can also be found all over the internet in poetry communities such as Shadow Poetry and Poetry Base. It uses the parts of speech as a foundation and in that regard is similar to the Recipe Poem. For the more seasoned poet it can serve as a starting point to inspire other works. The verse is written from the outside in. The first and last lines are nouns that are opposites or antonyms. The interior of the poem expands on the two nouns and a
  15. Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Invented Forms The Etheree is a popular internet verse form, it can be found mentioned at most sites that provide verse form descriptions. It is a simple progressive syllabic verse. Attributed to American poet Etheree Taylor Armstrong, it can be found at Poetry Base and Shadow Poetry. The elements of the Etheree are: a decastich. (10 line poem) syllabic, 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 syllables per line. unrhymed. focused on 1 idea or subject. Etheree by Judi Van Gorder One subject to explore within ten li
  16. Tinker

    Harrisham Rhyme

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Invented Forms Harrisham Rhyme is a recent invented verse form named for its creator, Harrisham Minhas from Punjab, India. The elements of the Harrisham Rhyme are: a hexastich, a poem in six lines. written with meter or syllable count at the discretion of the poet. rhymed, ababab. written with sort of chain at the beginning of each line. The last letter of the first word of each line is the first letter of the first word of the next line. The first word of the poem may begin with any letter.
  17. Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Invented Forms The Hexaduad is a syllabic rhymed verse form. One internet site states that this is an old English form but provides no history or example of the origin. Because counting syllables is not typical of old English writing and since I could find no evidence of this form in any of my many resources other than on a few internet sites, I suspect the Hexaduad is in fact a fairly recent invented form. The elements of the Hexaduad are: a poem in 12 lines made up of 6 rhymed couplets. syllabic, the lines of the 1st couplet has
  18. Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Invented Forms Hexaverse (hexa = six / verse = line or unit of lines) by definition this invented form refers to six, six syllable lines. Examples of the form found on a couple of science fiction websites, display the Hexaverse to be a hexastich of 6 syllable lines. Describing each line being unique yet related to the other six. The elements of the Hexaverse are: a hexastich, a poem in 6 lines. syllabic, 6 syllable lines. unrhymed. Diminishing Hexaverse is an invented form which can be found in various
  19. Tinker

    Mid Swap

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Invented Forms The Mid-Swap is an invented verse form found at World of Poets and is attributed to Jenny Buzzard of England. The elements of the Mid-Swap are: an 18 line poem made up of 2 quatrains, a couplet, 2 more quatrains in that order. syllabic, lines of 8 syllables each. rhymed, A1abb ccdd A2A1 eeff - ggaA2 composed with 2 refrains. L1 is repeated as L10 and L9 is repeated as L18.
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    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Invented Forms The Mini-monoverse is a verse form with very short lines. Created by Emily Romano, this invented form can be found at several sites on the internet including Shadow Poetry and Poetic Constellations. The elements of the Mini-monoverse are: a decastich made up of 2 cinquains. A Double Min-monoverse is simply writing 4 cinquains. syllabic, 3 syllables each line. rhymed, each stanza is monorhymed. Rhyme scheme aaaaa bbbbb. If writing a Double Mini-monverse the rhyme scheme aaaaa bbbbb. A Double Mini-monoverse is aaaaa b
  21. Tinker

    Monchielle Stanza

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Invented Forms The Monchielle Stanza is a very new and very popular stanzaic form invented by Jim T Henriksen of Norway. He posted his innovation at All Poetry.com in 2005 and the form seems to have found its way onto several poetry sites since. Of course, we can't leave it out of this forum. The form is named for Jim's wife Monica and the Kyrielle which also uses a refrain within its frame. It seems to me that the form is more conducive to lyrical images and the repetition of L1 in L1 of subsequent stanzas is closer to the rentrament of the Rondeau Fami
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    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Invented Forms The Nonet is a popular invented stanzaic form that can be found all over the internet. Both Poetry Base and Shadow Poetry feature it as well as several other poetic communities. The elements of the Nonet are: stanzaic, written in any number of 9 line stanzas. syllabic, 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 syllables per line. usually unrhymed. unidentified by judi van gorder tangled tight within brush and brambles crusted in grit and crushed dead leaves in a putrid pile of trash the color of clay mud a skeletal hand
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    Patrol Poem

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Invented Forms The Patrol Poem "is an accentual verse poem in three stanzas of four lines each." Rex Allen Brewer invented the form in response to an exercise in group study of Poet’s Companion. It was an exercise to create a new form, distinct by meter, rhyme and use of poetic devices. I include it here because the form is musical and representative of one of many small poetic communities popping up on the internet. The elements of the Patrol Poem are: a 12 line poem made up of 3 quatrains. accentual verse, giving importance to stress
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    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Invented Forms The Pleiades is an invented form that can be found all over the internet including Shadow Poetry. It is named for the star cluster, Pleiades of which 6 of the stars are visible to the naked eye and others visible under the right conditions. The constellation was identified by Homer, 750 B.C. and named by the ancients as the seven sisters. The poetic form uses the numbers of the cluster and legend. It was introduced by Craig Tigerman, Sol Magazine lead editor and enhanced by haiku and tanka poet Hortensia Anderson. The elements of the
  25. Tinker


    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Invented Forms The Rictameter is a popular invented verse form that has popped up on the internet in the last decade. No one seems to take credit as the source. I did find that ShadowPoetry.com does have a slightly different element, in that the first and last 2 syllable word be the same. However, at various other sites, the first 2 syllables need not be a single word and the last 2 syllables need not be the same as the first 2 syllables. The elements of the Rictameter are: a 9 line poem. syllabic verse with graduated then diminishin
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