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Terza Rima

A terza rima features three
lines in each stanza of which two
must rhyme – the structure’s thus not free.

The rhyme scheme is not up to you –
this kind of poem does control
which grand design you should pursue.

The first and third lines of the whole
make up the first of many rhymes,
the second line – that is the goal –

determines how the fourth one chimes.
It does the same for number six –
One sound is, therefore, used three times.

As it goes on, there are no tricks,
five, nine and seven are the same
and number eight’s end will then fix

lines ten and twelve. It’s all a game
of counting lines, of finding phones
that can support the author’s aim

to end his lines with even tones.
The poem’s greatness then will shine.
Its reader marvels, never moans.

This format is no cause to whine,
and there’s no way of changing it –
‘cause change would make it less divine.

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Sonnet

There is a rhyme scheme which’s a-b-a-b
or cross rhyme if you want to call it that,
and good observers can quite eas’ly see
which one of its two forms they’re looking at.

The first of them from Shakespeare got its name –
and to preferring this one I do tend – / and that’s the one which to prefer I tend –
two four-lined stanzas and then one quatrain,
and a heroic couplet at the end.

The other, or Italian, sonnet form
has two quatrains which rhyme a-b-b-a,
chased by two triplets which do, as is the norm,
rhyme c-d-e. What more is there to say?

Pentameter is what in both you’ll find –
a iambic one would be the usual kind.

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Villanelle

Not hard to write a villanelle,
a little challenge, nothing more.
What is hard is to do it well.

Three lines per stanza, can you tell?
Alone the last one does have four –
Not hard to write a villanelle.

The first and last are like a shell
that have the other ones in store.
What is hard is to do it well.

With rhymes, this form does not excel:
no more than two, quite low a score.
Not hard to write a villanelle.

Consistent cadence to impel
the reader's mind and make it soar.
What is hard is to do it well.

It is supposed to cast a spell
and to get to its matter's core.
Not hard to write a villanelle.
What is hard is to do it well.

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Rubaiyat

Rubaiyats are made up of one quatrain,
three rhyming lines is what they should contain,
and the pentameter should be in/a iamb –
a thing that authors often try in vain.

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Cinquain

Cinquains
are five lines long
and catch their readers with
nice imagery, simplicity,
no rhyme.

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Limerick

There are these li’l poems called limericks
that are used to make fun or to play some tricks
on, like, people and towns
so that they’ll look like clowns
just as most people do when on them one picks.

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Clerihew

When I have to write clerihews,
I should take off my socks and shoes.
John Cage always does so when he’s
in urgent need of good ideas.

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(Haiku I)
I do hate haiku
because I believe they’re dumb.
Nothing more to add.

(Haiku II)
five-syllable line
and then one that has seven
then another five



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