Strambotto Poems Some of these forms are older than others, and the strambotto traces back to the 13th century. This Italian form known as ottava siciliana (Sicilian octave) or strambotto popolare was the preferred form in Southern Italy, while strambotto toscano was more popular in Tuscany [hat tip to Edward Hirsch’s A Poet’s Glossary]. Today strambotto toscano is known as ottava rima.
The Japanese tanka is a thirty-one-syllable poem, traditionally written in a single unbroken line. A form of waka, Japanese song or verse, tanka translates as "short song," and is better known in its five-line, 5/7/5/7/7 syllable count form. Tanka’s economy and suitability for emotional expression made it ideal for intimate communication; lovers would often, after an evening spent together (often clandestinely), dash off a tanka to give to the other the next morning as a gift of gratitude
The rondeau is comprised of 15 lines across 3 stanzas with the first word or phrase from the first line represented as a refrain (R) and a rhyme scheme of 2 rhymes throughout (A and B). The rhyme and refrain scheme looks like this:
A (R) A B B A
A A B R
A A B B A R
The A and B lines are usually 8 or 10 syllables in length. The refrain is usually 1 to 3 words (or so).
Magical maquillage, my love flaunts grace Braiding hair, sunrays peep as clouds retrace Sun shone donning forehead beautifully Morning fragrance adorning blissfully Serene eyes of love glitter on her face
Black eyelashes weaving dreams it encase Red shades of horizon on nails showcase Pink petal lips curve smile so gracefully Magical maquillage
Anklets steps luring moon musically Drapes flying in dusk zypher youthfully Swaying into my arms in tight embrace Dance of love along the stars taking pace Your eloquent ways sweep me totally Magical maquillage @birajv 6th October 2019
Besides the spelling of the name, a poet can figure out this is a Welsh form pretty quick because it’s a syllabic-based form with internal rhymes. Here’s the structure of this six-line form (with the letters acting as syllables and the a’s, b’s, and c’s signifying rhymes:
So lines 1, 2, 4, and 5 are 8 syllables in length with lines 1 and 2 rhyming as well as lines 4 and 5. Lines 3 and 6 have 7 syllables and rhyme with each other; plus, line 3 has an internal rhyme with lines 1 and 2 while line 6 has an internal rhyme with lines 4 and 5. No other rules as far as subject matter or meter.
As it's Geetanjali's (Laughing Soul's) Birthday tomorrow, planning to make a wish Collab and send her. Kindly share your wish message in comments in this post (Try to keep it up to 4 stanzas) by 11 pm tonight.... Kindly tag people who you think would like to convey their wishes and I have inadvertently missed tagging.
(P.S. - A big heartfelt Thanks to each of this family from Geet, and she badly misses each one of you. Your love made her eyes moistened with tears of joy: Reply from Geetanjali - Laughing_soul
P.P.S - Awwww ! Thank You my precious ones ❤ I'm a laughing soul because of your love.
Sending you'll a warm hug and stay blessed always.
Keep penning and keep honing your writing. xoxo)
If I were a butterfly Colourful and sublime I would have been Flapping unhesitantly mine confident feathers and Flying with positive vibes. I would have hopped and danced With wings straight and wide Where sunrays of hope and joy Where rainbows of glittering traits Fathomless kindness Without any obstacles Without any hurdles Would have incident and mesmerized Every gene , every chromosome of mine. I would have evolved and metamorphosed From my dark narrow cocoon of superstition and malice Only to seek goodness In every living being , Only to coruscate Their dark phase Which is laden with grief Abate blues from their eyes and life Accept flaws Splatter vibrant colours Despite their myriad drawbacks .