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An Abecedarian is constrained by alphabetical order, whether forward or reverse: ie. Always begin counting dominoes etc., or Zarathustra's yellow xylophone was. . . . Successive letters of the alphabet may be used to begin each word, each line, or each verse. One famous example of the Abecedarian can be found in classical Hebrew poetry: Psalm
118 in the Douay-Rheims numbering of the Bible (119 in the King James version) is an abecedarian acrostic, with each stanza headed by one of the letters of the Hebrew alphabet (Aleph, Beth, Gimel, etc.).
This form was created by Patricia A Farnsworth-Simpson on
08/19/08. It is an Acrostic with a reversed Nonet, then an Acrostic with Nonet second.
In acrostic poetry, the first word or the first letter in each line will spell out a secondary message if read in sequence. Variations of this theme include having the last word or letter of the line spell out the message. Acrostic poetry can be rhymed or not, strictly metered or Free Verse. Acrostics appear in literature as early as the third chapter of the Book of Lamentations.
Ae Freslighe
An Irish form that dates back to at least the time of Saint Patrick, Ae Freslighe is a quatrain of seven syllables per line, and tells a story within no more than four stanzas. Properly, it rhymes abab cdcd efef etc. All rhymes are feminine rhymes, odd line rhymes ending with words of three syllables and even lines ending with words of two syllables. Ideally, the last word should be the same as the first, although some examples of only the last syllable same are extant. Alternately, when writing more than one stanza, the last line may repeat the first, which would alter the last stanza's rhyme scheme to eaea.
Please note the syllable count shows that odd lines end in three syllables, even lines in two.
xxxx(xxa) xxxxx(xb) xxxx(xxa) xxxxx(xb)
American 767
Created by Dennis L. Dean; rules: syllable count 7,6,7 and must have a bug in it.
This is a form created by ann marie mazz. It consists of a syllabic poem of 2, 4, 6 and 2 syllables. It has no stanza limit and may be with or without rhyme.
This French format contains three stanzas of seven or eight lines, plus a four-line envoi that repeats the last four rhymes of the previous stanza. It uses no more than three rhymes with an identical refrain after each. The rhyme scheme is
a-b-a-b-b-c-b-cR; a-b-a-b-b-c-b-cR; a-b-a-b-b-c-b-cR; b-c-b-cR. A variation with six stanzas and a single envoi is called a double ballade.
Beacon of Hope

Is a form created by Christina R Jussaume on
10/02/2009. It starts with a sestet, (Stanza of 6 lines) of 6 syllables each. Next is a triplet, (Stanza of three lines) of 12 syllables each. The next 12 lines are 8 syllables in length. The subject should be spiritual in nature and uplifting. I have used rhyme here, but I leave each Rhyme scheme up to each poet. It should be center aligned and it will appear to look like a lighthouse.
Bev-A-Lyn Rhyme

Created by Chazz Combs.
SYLLABLE COUNT IS 5,7,9,14,14,11,9,7,5, RHYMING, a,a,a,b c,c,c d, e,e,e, f the 2
syllabe lines do not have to rhyme and they have their own message! center on page.
Blessed Cross
A new poetry form created by Dorian Petersen Potter,
This form consist of 4 Quatrains, and 1 sestet of 6 refrain lines each. Three quatrains go down and they can have either a syllable count of 6, or 8
syllables . Consistent syllable count, that means that if you choose 6 syllables for the first quatrain stanza, the other 2 quatrains have to be done with the same 6 syllables count. If you decide to do the first quatrain with 8 syllables,
the other 2 quatrain stanzas then have to be done with 8 syllables too. Only one Quatrain is done with a syllable count of 12 and that goes across to  form the cross shape. All four Quatrains are done in couplet lines. Pattern scheme goes like this: First Quatrain....6 or 8, (done in couplet lines of either syllable count chosen 6 or 8) Second Quatrain...12 syllables (done in couplet lines) Third Quatrain...6 or 8 (done in couplet lines. The same syllable count as quatrain 1) Fourth Quatrain...6 or 8, (done in couplet lines. The same syllable count as quatrain 1 and 2) 1 Sestet(6 last lines of poem) First line: First line(refrain) of first Quatrain is repeated here Second line: Second line( refrain) of first Quatrain is repeated Third line: First line(refrain) of second Quatrain is repeated here. Fourth line: Second line(refrain) of second Quatrain, is repeated here Fifth line: First line(refrain) of third Quatrain is repeated here. Sixth line: Second line(refrain) of third Quatrain is repeated here. Subject: Spiritual or uplifting in nature. center aligned to show the cross
Brady's Touch
A two-stanza poem with a strict syllable count of 9, 9, 8, 8, 2; 9, 9, 8, 8, 2: the rhyme scheme is abcde;abfde. You may change the rhyme sounds (although not the scheme) for the second stanza. This style was created by Maryann Merryweather-Travis, in November of 2006, to honor Allen Brady.
Created by Michael Degenhardt...9 lines 5/4/3/2/2/2/3/4/5 syllables..rhymed or unrhymed..any subject.. no stanza limit
A seven line un-rhymed syllabic verse form, the syllable count per line is 2, 5, 8, 3, 8, 7, 2.
Candlelight- A form created by Christina R Jussaume on 12/03.07. Syllable counts are 5, 5, 5, 4, 4, 3, 2, 2, 2, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, and 7 syllables.

Carpe Diem
This is a new style created by Pat Simpson Aug 15th 2010
The carpe diem is latin meaning live for the day
So subject must be about anything that makes you happy
The style is a ten line poem with varying syllables on each line
Line 1..8syllables:Line 2..6syllables: Line 3..4syllables:Line 4..2syllables:Line 5..10syllables:
Line 6..2syllables: Line 7..4syllables: Line 8..6syllables:Line 9..8syllables:Line 10..10syllables:

Cascade, a form created by Udit Bhatia, is all about receptiveness, but in a smooth cascading
way like a waterfall. The poem does not have any rhyme scheme; therefore, the layout is simple. Say the first verse has three lines. Line one of verse one becomes the last line of verse two. To follow in suit, the second line of verse one becomes the last line of verse three. The third line of verse one now becomes the last line of verse four, the last stanza of the poem. See the structure example below: a/b/c, d/e/A, f/g/B, h/i/C  To make the Cascade an even longer poem, use more lines in verse one. For example, if verse one has 6 lines, the poem must have seven stanzas so that each line of verse one is reused as a refrain in each following stanza (a cascading effect
Chain Poem

A chain poem is a poem where the last word of line one is the first word
of line two, the last word of line two would be the first word of line 3 etc:
Chant Royal
A rare French form, the Chant Royal was so named because it was supposed to be sung before kings, and its composition was considered worthy of royal honors. Actually an expanded form of the ballade, it contains five stanzas of eleven lines and an envoi of seven lines, which all have a repeating last line; all 10 syllables. Its purpose as well as its purport is serious, even solemn.  Usual rhyme scheme is ababccddedE The rhyme scheme for the envoi is ccddedE.
Chazz Effect
This form was created by Chazz Combs.
take a one syllable word and use in each line of your poem, you will end up with  the chosen word, syllable count 14,10,9,7,5,3,2,2,1, rhyming a,a,b,b,c,c,d,d,e centered
Christina’s View
This form was created by Christina R Jussaume on 04 03 08. It begins with five triplets in rhyme of 8 syllable count. These triplets must start with the letters C H R IS T

…IS…SAVIOUR. Poem must be spiritual in nature.
The Christ-in-a-Rhyme was created by Christina R Jussaume on
Oct 3, 2006 in memory of her Mother, also named Christina. It consists of 5 three line stanzas that must rhyme.
Rhyme for the form is AAA BBB CCC DDD EEE. Stanza one is 8 syllables Stanza two is 14 syllables Stanza three is 7 syllables Stanza four and five are 5 syllables each
Cinq Cinquain
Cinq-Cinquain means "five groupings of five." Each cinquain (stanza, for lack of a better translation) has five lines, each line carefully structured in terms of syllable count. Two, four, six, eight, and two syllables respectively equals twenty-two syllables per stanza. Five cinquains equal one Cinq Cinquain.
Properly, a cinquain describes a person, place or thing. Of the two major types of cinquain, the first is defined under “Cinq Cinquain.” The second comes in two versions, governed by thematic style. There is no rhyme scheme, and the thematic structures are as follows. Theme #1 Line 1: one word; Line 2: two words, describing the first line; Line 3: three words relevant to first line, showing action; Line 4: four words showing feeling; Line 5: one word referring to the first line;
Theme #2 Line 1: noun; Line 2: two adjectives, modifiers for line one; Line 3: three word verb clause (or phrase); Line 4: a complete sentence, relevant to theme; Line 5: synonym for the opening noun. Dry.
With a rhyme scheme of a-a-b-b and lines of uneven length, this humorous format is contained in a single quatrain composed of two rhyming couplets. Clerihews are usually pseudo-biographical pieces about a famous personage, who is named at the end of the first,
or occasionally the second, line. The humor is light and whimsical instead of satirical. Edmund Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956) created the format to avoid boredom in school.
Converse in Couplets
John Henson style 'Converse in Couplets' is to portray conversations in verse: As many lines as you like, syllable count is 11 syllables per line. Must be written in rhyming couplets. a.a.b.b etc.
Cross of Salvation
Is a form created by Christina R Jussaume on
09/29/2009. It consists of a octet (8 line poem) of 4 syllables each. Next is a quatrain of 12 syllables per line. Next is another octet (8 line stanza) that has 6 syllables per line. This is followed by a triplet( 3 line stanza). Triplet is 4 syllables per line...Rhyme is optional and up to the poet. Subject must be spiritual in nature. Poem must be center alligned to show shape of cross.
Cywydd Devair Fyrion

 This formo from the Welsh,
has only four syllables per line.
Rhyming couplets,
aa bb cc dd etc.,
are mandatory
Daveda’s Charm
It begins with the letters P R EC I O U S L A D Y. This is followed by two acrostics in 8 syllable count. The acrostics must begin with the letters D A V E D A’ S ,
and the next stanza C H A R M. rhyme, is an option.
This form I have created as a tribute to a special poet friend, Daveda Gruber. Subject should be uplifting. Ccreated by Christina R Jussaume on 3.24.08.
The Diatelle is a fun, syllable counting form like the etheree with a twist. The syllable structure of the diatelle is as follows: 1/2/3/4/6/8/10/12/10/8/6/4/3/2/1, but unlike an ethere, has a set rhyme pattern of abbcbccaccbcbba. This poetry form may be written on any subject matter and looks best center aligned in a diamond shape.
A style created to commemorate the 9 /11 day by Patricia Ann Farnsworth-Simpson

It is done with any 14 letter word written as an acrostic poem.
Done in rhyming couplets starting with
9 syllables first line 11 syllables second and so forth…
Content must about not letting the devil win.
Distorted Diablo'
This is a new style by by Patricia Ann Farnsworth-Simpson

working on the devils number of 666 ...
Having turned the middle six around to distort his number
thus making it a nine...696 The style is done in three verses
First verse six lines six syllables 6 each line
Second verse Nine lines Nine syllables 9 each line
Third verse six lines six syllables 6 each line
Created on 16/06/2009
Eleventh Power

A form created by Christina R Jussaume on 07 29 09.
It consists of a stanza that is eleven lines of eleven syllables per line. The Rhyme scheme is a, b, a, b, a, b, c, c, d, d, and d or rhyme scheme of a, b, a, b, a, b, a, b, c, c, and c. There is no limit to stanzas. Subject should be uplifting and bring imagery into the poem.
English Pensee
A poem with a 2 4 7 8 6 syllable count with punctuation
Englyn Penfyr
The englyn penfyr is a three-line Welsh stanza form. The first line is of 10 syllables, the next two of seven syllables each. The rhyme scheme is AAA, but the first occurrence of the dominant rhyme in line one occurs in the seventh or eighth syllable, with the end syllable of line one being echoed somewhere in the first three syllables of line 2.
Thus: xxxxxxxAxb xbxxxxA xxxxxxA A form created by Bradley Vrooman.

Is a form created by Christina R Jussaume on 10/20/2009. It consists of a seven-line stanza with syllable counts as follows. 12, 10, 8, 8, 10, 12, and 6 repeat. The last line of each stanza is a six-syllable phrase that you get from the first line of each stanza. It must have a semicolon between each set and exclamation point at the end of statement. If you cannot use these words, give me a 6 syllable phrase and repeat that summarizes each stanza ending with exclamation point. Minimum is 3 stanzas. Rhyme scheme is a, a, a, b, b, b, and x. X means the last line most likely will not rhyme. Subject is spiritual or about nature.
A moment of epiphany is when your eyes are opened to something in life you were unaware of.: A sudden revelation of truth inspired by a seemingly trivial incident.
The term was widely used by James Joyce in his critical writings, The stories in Joyce's Dubliners are commonly called "Epiphanies."
Created by Joseph Spence “Epulaeryu” is about delicious food and drinks. It consists of 7 lines with syllable line count of 7/5/7/5/5/3/1. Ending with an exclamation mark! All the corresponding lines are built around the main course, and concludes with the ending line expressing the writer’s excitement and feelings about the meal.


Created by the Arkansas poet Etheree Taylor Armstrong, this titled form consists of ten lines of unmetered and unrhymed verse. The first line has one syllable, and each succeeding line adds a syllable, with the total syllable count being fifty-five. This concise form is meant to focus on one idea or subject.

Eternal Promise is a form created by Christina R Jussaume on 10/18,2009.  It begins with a sestet  (Stanza of 6 lines) in 8 syllables each,  It is followed by a rhyming couplet of 8 syllables.  There is a minimum of three sestets and three couplets.  It must be Spiritual or about nature and uplifting.  Each sestet has a rhyme scheme of a,b,a, b, c, and c.  Couplet becomes lines 2 and 4 of each preceding stanza.    

 Free Style

Rhyming poetry without a set meter, rhymes always end lines although rhythm and word-flow decide where the rhymes belong.  Technically, Free Style can be considered a spin off from Free Verse.

Free Verse

Lest from the word "free" you wrongly infer, please know.

Free verse is not poetry without rules.

Neither rhymed nor metered,

the work may still contain the artists weavings,

with poetic devices laced throughout its message.

Patterns of sound in assonance, alliteration;

patterns of vision in analysis, analogy:

Line breaks may occur where a breath could be taken,

if the words be read aloud. etaphor and simile in

purpose pre-empting prose precise pronunciation placed in parcels, not paragraphs proper punctuation is prerequisite.

Haiku (non traditional)

Within a nature theme, this unrhymed Japanese form records the essence of a moment.   Designed to bring to the readers mind the image of a natural occurrence, it must do its work in seventeen or fewer syllables, placed in three lines of five/seven/five or less.  When fewer than seventeen syllables are used, Line two must be longer than one and three, and one and three need to be balanced in syllable count.  (Thus, four/six/four or two/three/two would be acceptable; three/five/four would not.)

Haiku (traditional)

Within a nature theme, this unrhymed Japanese form records the essence of a moment.   Designed to bring to the readers mind the image of a natural occurrence, it must do its work in seventeen syllables, placed in three lines of five/seven/five. 


The Hourglass contains eight syllables per line, three stanzas, with a rhyme scheme of abab cdcd efef.  Once written, the poem is then written 'upside-down' from the last line to the first line, and must make sense when read both ways.


The hybridanelle is a 38 line poetic form that is a combination of the Italian villanelle and Lewis Turco's terzanelle. It is created by interlacing the villanelle and terzanelle stanzaic structures together, kind of like shuffling cards, with the stanzas of each form as the individual cards. This means the villanelle and terzanelle refrains and end-line schemes leapfrog one another in the hybridanelle. Length of lines is not set, although should be kept of reasonable length.  Like letters indicate the end-line scheme, and uppercase letters followed by a superscript numeric notation indicate lines that will be, or are being, repeated. A1bA2   C1D1C2   abA1   cE1D1 abA2   eF1E1    abA1   fG1F1   abA2   gH1G1   abA1A2 hC1H1C2


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