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Envelope Quintet


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Italian Verse
Envelope Quintet (Italian) is a 5 line verse in which the center lines are enclosed by the rhyme of the outer lines.

The elements of the Envelope Quintet are:

  1. stanzaic, a quintet may be a stand alone poem or can be written in any number of 5 line stanzas.
  2. meter at the discretion of the poet.
  3. rhymed abcba or aabaa or abbba , subsequent stanzas may link or continue the rhyme scheme: linked abcba cdedc or abcba deced / continued is simply abxba cdxdc etc. x being unrhymed.

    Out West by Judi Van Gorder

    Ever since seeing John Wayne
    on the movie screen
    I've had a thing for the cowboy.
    Like them long and lean
    and if shy, I don't complain.

    He rode up on his cutting horse.
    and cocked his Stetson
    brim down low and I played coy.
    For me no Jetson
    caught my eye, but he did, of course.

    I like the old time country ways
    riding down a dusty trail
    bumping knees just brings me joy
    it does not ever fail
    to spark my heart into a blaze.

~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

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