Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Pantoum

Your mission, should you choose to accept it: play around with this form of poetry.

The pantoum is a form of poetry arranged in four-line verses with an ABAB rhyme scheme. Here's where it gets complicated: the second and fourth lines of the first verse become the first and third lines of the second verse. The process repeats until you reach the last verse, where you dip back into the unrepeated first and third lines of the very first verse -- they become the second and fourth lines of the LAST stanza.

Wait, wait. What?

Essentially, a three verse pantoum would look like:

A
B
C
D

B
E
D
F

E
A
F
C

Every word must be the same, but you can change punctuation freely. All I have to say is - good luck. ;-)

1 comment:

Laura said...

That was a writing assignment once upon a time. You leave me no choice but to find holy symbols and ward off the poetry of doom. ;-)