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Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry French Verse The Pantoum is a "slinky going down a flight of stairs--it is smooth, fluid, and repetitious....Its repetition and circular quality give it a mystical chant-like feeling. Its cut-up lines break down linear thought. The form is both ancient and fresh." Miriam Sagan, The Unbroken Line. I just couldn't come up with a better way to say that. This stanzaic form was introduced by Ernest Fouinet and made popular by Victor Hugo in 19th century France as a variation of the Malaysian Pantun, a folk fishing song. The rhythm of the verse attempt
Pantoum Circle"A slinky going down a flight of stairs,"a fluid, repetitious rolling verse.A crafted Pantoum's lines repeat in pairsin smooth and equal rhythm, never terse.A fluid, repetitious, rolling verse,the Malay fishing song arrived in France,in smooth and equal rhythm, never terse,it passed to Victor Hugo just by chance.The Malay fishing song arrived in France,a lyrical endeavor at its best,it passed to Victor Hugo just by chance.Inspired from afar we join the quest.A lyrical endeavor at its best the chant-like sounds sing mystic, old and new,inspired from afar we join the quest. We ho