rules of poetry

Haiku   (japanese short poem)      3 lines; 1 mentioning of a season; last line a statement; 5-7-5

Elfje     (netherlands)                   5 lines; eleven words; allowed per line 1 to 4 words

Tanka   (japanese)                       5 lines; sylablles per line  5-7-5-7-7

Jorio                                          4 lines; 4 words each line

Shadorma   (spain)                      6 lines;  sylablles per line 3-5-3-3-7-5       

Juejue  (chinese)                         pair of couplets each line 5 or 7 syllables

Thanbauk (burmese)                    3 lines; 4 syllables each line; content witty

 

Cinquain                                     5 lines, 2,4,6,8,2 syllables, originally iambic feet

Reverse Cinquain                         5 lines, 2,8,6,4,2 syllables

Mirror Cinquain                            10 lines, 2,4,6,8,2 - 2,8,6,4,2

Butterfly Cinquain                        9 lines, 2,4,6,8,2,8,6,4,2

Crown Cinquain                           5 normal cinquain forming stanzas of a poem

Garland Cinquain                         6 cinquain forming a poem, stanza 6 = 1 line from each stanza

Didactic Cinquaini                         words instead of syllables, 1st line one word title,

                 2nd 2 adjectives describing title word,  3rd 3 word informative sentence (often 3 gerunds),

                 4th 4 words (feelings about subject),   5th 1 word synonym or reference to subject

 

Cinqku  (Garrison)                              5 lines, 17 syllables

Lanterne                                              5 lines, 1,2,3,4,1 syllables

Tetractys (Stebbings)                         5 lines, 1,2,3,4,10,1 (20)syllables, each line a phrase

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