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Ssu Yen Shih


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Ssu Yen Shih from the Lu Shi code verse could seem a bit terse in English because of it's short lines. The Four Syllable Verse from Drury's poe-try dic-tion-ar-y is possibly the same or a variation of the Ssu Yen Shih.

The elements of Ssu Yen Shih are:

  1. written no more than 3 quatrains of 4 character lines, usually only 1 quatrain.
  2. composed of mono syllable words with caesura after the 2nd word.
  3. rhymed, rhyme scheme xaxa xbxb etc x being unrhymed.

    craft by judi van gorder

    lu shi, code verse
    change tone, switch pitch
    one line, four words
    please soul, scratch itch

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