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Invented Poetry Forms:

  bullet   The 7/5 Trochee
  bullet   A L'Arora
  bullet   Alliterisen
  bullet   The Alouette
  bullet   The Blitz Poem
  bullet   The Brevette
  bullet   Cascade
  bullet   Christ-in-a-Rhyme
  bullet   CinqTroisDecaLa
  bullet   Clarity Pyramid
  bullet   Constanza
  bullet   Con-Verse
  bullet   The Compound Word Verse
  bullet   Decuain
  bullet   Diatelle
  bullet   Duo-rhyme
  bullet   Epulaeryu
  bullet   Essence
  bullet   The Florette
  bullet   The Florette #2
  bullet   Grá Reformata
  bullet   Jeffreys Sonnet
  bullet   Joseph's Star
  bullet   Harrisham Rhyme
  bullet   HexSonnetta
  bullet   Inverted Refrain
  bullet   LaCharta
  bullet   LaJemme
  bullet   La'libertas
  bullet   Lannet
  bullet   La'ritmo
  bullet   LaíTuin
  bullet   Lauranelle
  bullet   Lento
  bullet   Licentia Rhyme Form
  bullet   Line Messaging
  bullet   Loop Poetry
  bullet   Mini-monoverse
  bullet   Memento
  bullet   The Mirror Sestet
  bullet   Mirrored Refrain
  bullet   Monchielle
  bullet   Monotetra
  bullet   Musette
  bullet   Nove Otto
  bullet   Octameter
  bullet   Octain Refrain
  bullet   Octelle
  bullet   Oddquain
  bullet   Paradelle
  bullet   Parallelogram de Crystalline
  bullet   The Pictorial
  bullet   Pleiades
  bullet   Puente
  bullet   Quadrilew
  bullet   RemyLa Rhyme Form
  bullet   Rictameter
  bullet   Shadow Sonnet
  bullet   Spiritís Vessel
  bullet   Staccato
  bullet   Swap Quatrain
  bullet   Synchronicity
  bullet   The Tableau
  bullet   Tri-fall
  bullet   Trijan Refrain
  bullet   Trilonnet
  bullet   Trinet
  bullet   Triquain
  bullet   Triquatrain
  bullet   Triquint
  bullet   Trois-par-Huit
  bullet   Trolaan
  bullet   Vers Beaucoup
  bullet   Villonnet
  bullet   Wrapped Refrain
  bullet   Wrapped Refrain #2
  bullet   ZaniLa Rhyme

Swap Quatrain

The Swap Quatrain was created by Lorraine M. Kanter.

Within the Swap Quatrain each stanza in the poem must be a quatrain (four lines) where the first line is reversed in the fourth line. In addition, line 2 must rhyme with line 1, and line 3 must rhyme with line 4 and so on, BUT not repeat the same rhyming pattern on subsequent stanzas.

Rhyming pattern: AABB, CCDD, and so on.

Example #1:
The Prize

The crowd cheered on in joyful stance,
as Knight Will Cace raised up his lance
and struck his foe with skillful brawn;
in joyful stance, the crowd cheered on.

His foe fell hard, displaced from steed,
the one that plunged, did not succeed.
Fulfilled yet stunned, he yields regard
displaced from steed, his foe fell hard.

The prize attained for hero Case,
and status raised in Kingdom's grace.
A celebration, honor gained;
for hero Case, the prize attained.

Copyright © 2004 Lorraine M. Kanter

Example #2:
It Matters Not

It hovers here, a moon opaque,
obscuring mountain trail I take.
No other living things appear.
A moon opaque. . . it hovers here.

I follow on along a ledge;
below, a swirling river's edge.
In front of me, the canyon's yawn.
Along a ledge, I follow on.

I see no hue when fog congeals.
Oh, doom of one who no more feels.
The moon has fled, as so have you.
When fog congeals, I see no hue.

Now all is dim.  It matters not.
My dear one's heart I haven't got.
No use for living without him.
It matters not.  Now all is dim.

At peace I'll be if I should fall
to murky water from this wall.
Oh, yawning canyon, swallow me.
If I should fall, at peace I'll be.

Copyright © 2004 Andrea Dietrich

Example #3:
Wake Up, My Child

Wake up my child, the night is gone.
The pious wolves flee 'fore the dawn,
Your dreams of truth no more reviled.
The night is gone, wake up my child.

Your long nightmare, your troubled sleep,
The senseless slaughter of the sheep
Has lost the requisites to scare
Your troubled sleep, your long nightmare.

Your kin are here, you're not alone, 
To lead you back to what you've known,
Away from darkness, toward what's dear.
You're not alone, your kin are here.

Forget the lies of intellect.
You are spirit, skin bedecked,
A temporary world's disguise
Of intellect; forget the lies.

Who can snooze with all this noise?
It's time to put away the toys.
We're going to take a lightship cruise.
With all this noise, who can snooze?

Copyright © 2004 Robert Wilson

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