I’m writing a new book and challenging myself in the process. I don’t want to give everything away but it will contain 52 different poetic forms. When I started thinking about this I realised that I probably only knew 15 or so types of poems and generally only write around 5 of those on a regular basis.
So I’ve been doing some research.
I’ve found ‘new’ forms to play with. Kyrielle, hay(na) ku, haibun, and a whole heap more. I’ve also used some of these in my classroom as the nuances of each let me direct the students’ focus. One of these was a nonet; a nine line poem with nine syllables in the first line, eight in the next and declining by one syllable per line as the poem progresses.
I wrote this one in front of them:
This poem should have nine syllables
in the first line and the next one
should have eight and then seven.
The fourth line should have six
syllables; then five.
Four on the next
and then it’s
I also Googled a good example for them 😉