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Margeda


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Margeda is an invented verse form that is an exercise in trochaic meter with head and tail rhyme. It is said to be adaptable to the "elfin, the grotesque, the ironic and to nature poems". ("nature poems" added at the end made me laugh) It is attributed to Edith Thompson and found in Pathways for a Poet by Viola Berg. I have also run into this form at various sites on the internet.

The elements of the Margeda are:

  1. a quatorzain made up of 7 couplets that do not claim to be a sonnet.
  2. metered, written in trochaic tetrameter, the last foot is catalectic (drops the last unstressed syllable) Su/Su/Su/S.
  3. rhymed, the lines have both head and tail rhyme in rhyming couplets. a…b a…b c…d c…d e…f e…f g…h g….h i…j i…j k…l k…l m…n m…n

     

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