The typical lyric poem of Japanese literature, composed of five unrhymed metrical units of 5,7,5,7,7 'sound symbols'; tanka in English have generally been in five lines with a total of thirty-one syllables, often observing a short, long, short, long, long pattern. Tanka usually need no titles, though in Japanese a 'topic' (dai) is often indicated where a title would normally stand in Western poetry. In Japan, the tanka is well over twelve hundred years old (haiku is about three hundred years old), and has gone through many periods of change in style and content. But it has always been a poem of feelings, often involving metaphor and other figurative language (not generally used in haiku). While tanka praising nature have been written, and seem to resemble "long haiku," most tanka deal with human relationships or the author's situation. The best tanka harmonizes the writer's emotional life with the elements of the outer world used to portray it.

Tawddgyrch Cadwynog

This is a similar form to the Rhupunt the only difference being the rhyme pattern a..b..b..a. and the same for the next stanza rhymes the same a..b..b..a. The rhyme could change for the next stanzas.

Layout: x x x a    x x x b    x x x b    x x x a    x x x a

x x x b    x x x b    x x x a

Terza Rima

In English, the Terza Rima is usually written in iambic pentameter, although that rule is not an anchor. Terza rima consists of three-line stanzas using chain rhyme in the pattern a-b-a, b-c-b, c-d-c, d-e-d. There is no limit to the number of lines, but poems or sections of poems end with either a single line or couplet repeating the rhyme of the middle line of the final tercet. (Some authorities permit the final tercet as well as the single line at the end to rhyme "a".) Thus the three possible endings for the example above are d-e-d-e or d-e-d-e-e or d-a-d-a. To use the "a" rhyme on a couplet is not accepted by any known authority.

The Tree

This is a poetry style created by Dorian Petersen Potter,
September, 20,2009.
This form starts with 8 lines that begin with 1 syllable, increasing until the 8th line, you end up with 8 syllables. On line 9 you use the first word from the stanza, but write it horizontally by letter, followed by the two words that were line 2 of each stanza. It can
be one stanza or multiple ones. There is no rhyme scheme but this is a bonus if done. And the subject is optional, up to the poet.


It consists of syllables of 3, 3, 12, 12, 12, 12, 3, and 3 syllables. Rhyme is AABBCCDD There is no limit on stanzas. Tigerjade is a poetry form by Jacqueline Sturge.

Tina’s Zigzag Rhyme

Is a form created by Christina R Jussume on September 21, 2009. It starts with a sestet, refrain, quatrain, refrain and quatrain. It must be uplifting subject. Rhyme in first two lines is at left, next rhyme is center in lines 3 and 4, and rhyme in lines 5 and 6 is an end rhyme. Refrain is first two lines of poem. After refrain you use center rhyme, then end rhyme, continue with refrain… etc. It is an 8 syllable per line poem. No limit to stanzas but must have, at least one sestet, refrain, and quatrain.

Tree of Life

This Poetry form was created by Christina R Jussaume on 12 03 07.

You begin with one syllable until you reach 13 syllables.

The next 6 lines have 4 syllables each. There is no rhyme and it should be center aligned to show the shape of tree. The poem should be spiritual or  uplifting or about nature in content.

Triname Acrostic

Must have a name for the title to form the acrostic

Then it is done in 3 ways and about nature. First at the beginning as a normal Acrostic Second in the centre of the name Third being an acrostic made by using the last letter of last word 

Created by Patricia A Farnsworth-Simpson


The features of the Triolet are: 8 lines.

Two rhymes. 5 of the 8 lines are repeated or refrain lines.

First line repeats at the 4th and 7th lines.

Second line repeats at the 8th line.

Rhyme scheme (where an upper-case letter indicates the appearance of an identical line, while a lower-case letter indicates a rhyme with each line designated by the same lower-case or upper-case letter):  A  B

a - Rhymes with 1st line.   A - Identical to 1st line.

a - Rhymes with 1st line.    b - Rhymes with 2nd line.

A - Identical to 1st line.     B - Identical to 2nd line.

Tritina -

A 10 line poem with a pattern of using the same ending words First stanza.....ABC  Second Stanza....CAB  Third Stanza....BCA Last line: Take the words from first stanza... the ABC and use in that order in last line.


A poem containing three stanzas of 3, 3 and 2 lines OR 3, 2 and 3 lines: 8 lines total with a syllable count of 3, 6, 9, 12, 12, 9, 6, 3. The rhyming pattern is AAB BBC CC where the last line is the title of the poem and summarizes the meaning of the poem.

Note: These poems are to appear center aligned.

Twin Ethere

This was thought up by Robert Crockett from Kansas - rhyming couplets based on an Ethere (ten lines of unmetered and unrhymed verse, the first line having one syllable, each succeeding line adding a syllable.) There would be twenty lines, the first two having one syllable each and rhyming - each pair of couplets would increase by one syllable though all pairs would rhyme.

Unofficial Form Any form that is not an officially recognized form. (Poets parade them in legion formation.) Unofficial forms should not be confused with "None," because an unofficial form will be recognizable as a form of some sort.


In a traditional Villanelle:

The lines are grouped into five tercets and a concluding quatrain. Thus a Villanelle has 19 lines. Lines may be of any length.

The Villanelle has two rhymes. The rhyme scheme is aba, with the same end-rhyme for every first and last line of each tercet and the final two lines of the quatrain. Two of the lines are repeated:

1.The first line of the first stanza is repeated as the last line of the second and the fourth stanzas, and as the second-to-last line in the concluding quatrain. 2. The third line of the first stanza is repeated as the last line of the third and the fifth stanzas, and as the last line in the concluding quatrain. Thus the pattern of line-repetition is as follows: A1 b A2        a b A1        a b A2         a b A1         a b A2      

 a b A1 A2  In the above, the lines of the first tercet are

represented by "A1 b A2", because the first and third lines rhyme and will be repeated later in the poem. The first line of each subsequent stanzas is shown as  "a" because it rhymes with those two lines. Meanwhile the second line ("b") is not repeated but the second line of each subsequent stanzas rhymes with that line.

Wheelchair Angel Style
A new form of poetry created to honor
Poet mike44  aka  Author  Michael L Schuh
Who we now know as the wheel-chair angel…
It consists of 25 lines Starting with head syllable count of 2/2/3/4/3/2/1/3  to create the impression of the back of a man  sat in his wheel chair
5/8/8/10/8/8/8/8/8/8/ these line represent the chair
Then 4/ 4/6/6/4/4 split to represent two wheels
Then a 10 syllable line to represents the ground
Content must include wheel chair.
Created by Patricia A Farnsworth- Simpson 3/10.2009


This titled syllabic form, created by Betty Ann Whitney, has exactly seven lines with a syllable pattern of 3, 4, 3, 4, 3, 4, 7.

Writers Alliance.
*This style must be done as acrostic two verse poem of your chosen title
Then each letter of the title is used in syllables per line with the syllable count being decided
by whatever number the letter it is in the alphabet ...
Etc: I have used ...W. letter 23 = 23 syllables across the line
R. letter 18= 18 syllables:
I. letter 9 = 9 syllables: And so on ...
The subject must be about any creative art.. 24/07/2010

Zany Zig Zag Five

In this style your words cannot be aligned centre, left or right they must be placed in a zig-zag fashion, and the contenr must be about moving mentioning zig zag in content and it must rhyme!

Created by Pat Simpson aka Patricia Ann Farnsworth-Simpson

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