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The Sparrowlet is an invented stanzaic form created by Kathrine Sparrow that she calls a variation of the Swap Quatrain. The defining feature is the inversion of the 2 hemistichs of L1 in L6 of each stanza.

The elements of the Sparrowet are:

  1. stanzaic, written in any number of sixains.
  2. syllabic, lines of 8 syllables each. (Often written in iambic tetrameter.)
  3. L1 and L6 of each stanza is written in 2 hemistichs.
  4. rhymed, rhyme scheme BbabaA.
  5. The 2 halves of L1 are inverted and repeated as a refrain in L6.

    RRRA, RRRB
    xxxxxxxb
    xxxxxxxa
    xxxxxxxb
    xxxxxxxa
    RRRB, RRRA

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    You think you're right, I think you're wrong!
    This may end up a country song
    I don't disagree out of spite
    Both have opinions that are strong
    Discussion can turn on a light
    I think you're wrong, You think you're right
                                        ~~Judi Van Gorder

~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

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