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Explore the Craft of Writing American Verse The Dream Song at first glance could probably be considered a style or genre of poetry because of the prominent "dream theme". But with more careful examination, the Dream Song is a framed verse form with a specific stanzaic prescription. It was created by American poet, John Berryman's (1914-1972) book of 77 Dream Songs . He continued to write Dream Songs after the book was published and there are over 400 of his Dream Songs in circulation. The poems seem to me to be recordings of Berryman's dreams in verse. They are often disjointed and bizarr
Explore the Craft of Writing American Verse Mistress Bradstreet Stanza is a stanzaic verse attributed to American poet John Berryman (1914-1972) patterned after the frame of his 57 stanza poem Homage to Mistress Bradstreet which he said was developed after a life time of studying Yeats. The defining features of the Mistress Bradstreet Stanza are: stanzaic, written in any number of octaves. accentual verse, composed with 5-5-3-4-5-5-3-6 stresses per line. rhymed, rhyme scheme abcbddba, the a and d rhymes are a constant although occasionally the rhyme changes to abcbd