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Some Poetry Rules/Guide Lines

Blitz Poetry:

A form of poetry created by poet Robert Keim in 2008. It is a 50-line poem of short phrases and images. The “Blitz” poem is well-named, as the fifty short lines are read in rapid-fire fashion. “The form really relies on sound and rapid “flow.” ~Rob Keim.

Here are the rules:

  • Line 1 should be one short phrase or image (like “build a boat”)
  • Line 2 should be another short phrase or image using the same first word as the first word in Line 1 (something like “build a house”)
  • Lines 3 and 4 should be short phrases or images using the last word of Line 2 as their first words (so Line 3 might be “house for sale” and Line 4 might be “house for rent”)
  • Lines 5 and 6 should be short phrases or images using the last word of Line 4 as their first words, and so on until you’ve made it through 48 lines
  • Line 49 should be the last word of Line 48
  • Line 50 should be the last word of Line 47
  • The title of the poem should be three words long and follow this format: (first word of Line 3) (preposition or conjunction) (first word of line 47)
  • There should be no punctuation, except for an ellipse after the final two words in lines 49 & 50.

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Clerihew Poetry

A Clerihew (or clerihew) is a very specific kind of short humorous verse, typically with the following properties: It is biographical and usually whimsical, showing the subject from an unusual point of view; but it is hardly ever satirical, abusive or obscene; It has four lines of irregular length (for comic effect); The first line consists solely (or almost solely) of a well-known person’s name.
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Concrete Poems

A concrete poem is one that takes the shape of the object it describes. This is different from a Shape poem, in that a Shape poem does NOT have to take the shape of the object it describes.

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Teono Poetry Rules

Teono poetry derived from the troiku invented by Chèvrefeuille. Chèvrefeuille’s troiku is based on the Roman troika, it being the carriage, which is drawn by three horses. Chèvrefeuille states only the first, the carriage/sledge, be represented by a haiku. The horses can also be haiku but don’t have to be, but must be three line stanzas. In my teono all stanza’s are haiku, and are laid out in the form of a hatchet, (Japanese (手斧), pronunciation ‘teono’. The main difference is the haiku in the shaft , it must be represented in the three stanzas that form the double bladed teono. To all of the stanza, haiku rules apply as in the 5,7,5 syllable count, no punctuation, no capitals proper nouns being the only exception.  An example:



. . . . . . new pond plants
. lotus introduced a year ago
. .awaiting summer blooms
—-new pond koi carp ———————————————–lotus leaves spread wide
introduced late springtime———————–blooms held high standing proud
—-a pair to breed——————————————————————-sunlit pink rubies
. . . . high summer
lotus leaves providing shade
. . . . koi carp respite

The teono head can be aligned to the left or right. The 3 haiku can be closed as above or line separated. The shaft to me looks nicer in bold text, writers choice.
Terza rima
Terza rima is a verse form composed of iambic tercets (three-line groupings). The rhyme scheme for this form of poetry is “aba bcb cdc, etc.” The second line of each tercet sets the rhyme for the following tercet, and thus supplying the verse with a common thread, a way to link the stanzas. The only time the form changes is at the conclusion of the poem, where the terza rima ends with either a single line or couplet repeating the rhyme of the middle line of the final tercet (like d or dd). There is no limit to the number of lines in terza rime.


Diminished Hexaverse

A poem containing stanzas of 5 lines, then 4 lines, then 3 lines, then 2 lines, ending with one word. The syllables in each stanza correspond to the number of lines, i.e. 5 in each line in the first stanza, 4 in the second stanza and so on. This form may contain more than five stanzas.

A rare form of poetry similar to a villanelle. It is composed of a series of four-line stanzas; the second and fourth lines of the first stanza are the first and third lines of the next. This pattern continues for any number of stanzas, except for the final stanza, which differs in the repeating pattern. The first and third lines of the last stanza are the second and fourth of the penultimate (next to last stanza); the first line of the poem is the last line of the final stanza, and the third line of the first stanza is the second of the final. Ideally, the meaning of lines shifts when they are repeated although the words remain exactly the same: this can be done by shifting punctuation, punning, or simply recontextualizing.



The purpose is to go from the subject at the top of the diamond to another totally different (and sometimes opposite) subject at the bottom. A seven line poem, shaped like a diamond.


Line 1: Winter = 1 NOUN-A
Line 2: Rainy, cold = 2 ADJECTIVES-A
Line 3: Skiing, skating, sledding = 3 GERUNDS-A (verb + -ing)
Line 4: Mountains, wind, breeze, ocean = 2 NOUNS-A + 2 NOUNS-B
Line 5: Swimming, surfing, scuba diving = 3 GERUNDS-B (verb + -ing)
Line 6: Sunny, hot = 2 ADJECTIVES-B
Line 7: Summer = 1 NOUN-B

How to Write Elfje:
An ‘Elfje’ counts as five sentences:
Line 1. One word. This word symbolizes a colour or feature. The word symbolizes the atmosphere.
Line 2. Two words. These are something or someone with this colour or feature.
Line 3. Three words. Giving more information about the person or the object. You describe where the person or the object is, who the person or what the object is, or what the person or object is doing. This sentence usually starts with the word ‘he’, ‘she’ or ‘it.’
Line 4. Four words. Here you are writing something about yourself in relation to the person or the object. This sentence is your conclusion.
Line 5. One word. This word is called the ‘Bomb.’ It is the essence of the poem.

The example of a pure Elfje most often found on the Internet is:

the eyes
in the dark
Is there a cat?
A Snowball:
Start with any word, add additional words below the starting word one (1) letter longer
An example:
© Mick E Talbot 2017/66
Tilus [tee-loo-hz] is a form created by Kelvin S.M. and falls under the category of micro poetry.
The form is divided into two parts: the first part is composed of two lines following a 6-3 syllable
count; the second part, a one-syllable word to close and/or complete the subject layered in the first part.
The whole piece must, only, contain 10 in overall syllable count.
The main focus of Tilus is on the world of Nature,
and how it can open a new door to a wider understanding of life and beyond.
The form aims to be epic in emotions expressed, more importantly, than to be epic in words.
by Kelvin S.M.: http://kelvinsm.blogspot.nl/

carp all down… seeking warmth
fall… winter

turned yellow… orange… red
autumn tree’s

Both © Mick E Talbot 2017/66

The Septolet is a poem consisting of seven lines containing fourteen words with a break in between the two parts. Both parts deal with the same thought and create a picture.

gaggling, one calls,
migration starts,
instinctively driven.

climes, for a
warmer winter.
© Mick E Talbot 2017/66
Alphabet Haiku:
Modern haiku form created by Beatrice Evans, aka Ronnica at Allpoetry
It requires only strict 5 7 5 syllable construction
with all words beginning with the same letter.

delinquent driver
drives down dusty desert dune
difficult driving
clever cats can climb
cliffs… craters… cuboards… chests
chasing chaffinches
avid art adorned
archways… attractive aqua
arthropodae acts
© Mick E Talbot 2017/66
Three line stanzas=tercets.
Count letters: 5-7-5.
No punctuation or capitalization like haiku.

Atom Series

didn’t die
tiny red
a miss
but it
to lie

© Mick E Talbot 2017
Kelly lune – Syllable 5, 3, 5
mother natures laws
don’t break them…
no fines… extinction
© Mick E Talbot 2017
Collom lune – Word count 3,5,3
mother natures laws
don’t break them… or pay
no fines… extinction
© Mick E Talbot 2017

tau ku:
3 linee tercet, using syllables 6,2,8, an example:

fresh on the road… blood
dead fox…
run over… no… hunted by hounds

© Mick E Talbot 2017


pi ku:
(1/2 of a tau ku): 1/3 2/1 3/4, an example:

dead red fox…
found on the road

© Mick E Talbot 2017
The American 767:
The American 767 created by Dennis L. Dean.
A tristich, a poem in 3 lines. 7-6-7 syllables per line, unrhymed.
Must contain the name of a bug, (creepy crawly). An example:
butterflies… many species
painted ladies… so fresh
once abundant… now threatened
Tetractys, a poetic form invented by Ray Stebbing, consists of at least 5 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 10 syllables (total of 20). Tetractys can be written with more than one verse, but must follow suit with an inverted syllable count. Tetractys can also bereversed and written 10, 4, 3, 2, 1.
Double Tetractys: 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 10, 4, 3, 2, 1
Triple Tetractys: 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 10, 4, 3, 2, 1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, and so on. The tetractys could be Britain’s answer to the haiku. Its challenge is to express a complete thought, profound or comic, witty or wise, within the narrow compass of twenty syllables.” – Ray Stebbing. An example of a double:

power is
a threat to all
its radioactive contamination
it has a half-life of one hundred years
© Mick E Talbot 2017

The Lanturne is a five-line verse shaped like a Japanese lantern with a syllabic pattern of 1, 2, 3, 4, 1. An example:
too love
love all life
the wonders of
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A Triolet is a poetic form consisting of only 8 lines. Within a Triolet, the 1st, 4th, and 7th lines repeat, and the 2nd and 8th lines do as well. The rhyme scheme is simple: ABaAabAB, capital letters representing the repeated lines.

Make writing a Triolet more challenging! Make each line 8 syllables in length (4 metrical feet), written in iambic tetrameter (the more common way), or try it in pentameter (English version) where each line only has 10 syllables (5 metrical feet). An example:

Loves journey, fresh life together,
So many treasures, daughters, sons.
Hands clinging, soft as a feather.
Loves journey, a life together.
Refreshing sun, lovers weather.
Make beautiful love don’t dither.
Loves journey, fresh life together,
So many treasures, daughters, sons.
© Mick E Talbot 2017
The Alliterisen (Complex and Rhyming), a form created by Udit Bhatia, is a simple seven-lined poem with a specific syllable pattern and two alliterations per line. For example: Glorious Graves, and wonderful waves. Alliteration is the succession of similar consonant sounds. They are not recognized by spelling, but rather by sounds. The syllable structure for the Complex Alliterisen is as follows:

1st line- x syllables
2nd line- x+2 syllables
3rd line- x-1 syllables
4th line- (x+2)-1 syllables
5th line- x-2 syllables
6th line- (x+2)-2 syllables
7th line- x syllables
which allows for infinite syllable sequences. An example, in the first line x=12:


flying fish are really gliding gracefully
frantically from many predatory piranhas
silkily sliding into the fearsome fray
hastily hiding in thick growing sightly sedges
wisely waiting till the predators pass
satisfyingly safe start safely fly feeding
dusk darkening welcoming needed silent sleep

© Mick E Talbot 2017/66

The Rhyming Alliterisen consists of 7 lines, with 7 syllables each, and has one alliteration in every line. The rhyme scheme as follows: aabbccd.

warily watching panning
one meercat sharply scanning
gallantly guarding buddies
from all the big bad hoodies
falcons flying cats hunting
sneaky snakes, wild boars grunting
duty done feeding time fun
© Mick E Talbot 2017/66
Rhyming Wave
By Lawrence Eberhart | August 29, 2015 |
The Rhyming Wave is a poetry form created by Katharine L. Sparrow, American writer and poet who writes on Allpoetry.com.
The Rhyming Wave is:
Stanzaic: Consisting of 2 or more quatrains plus an ending couplet.
Metric: Lines 1 through 3 are Iambic tetrameter and
line 4 is iambic trimeter.
Refrained: Syllables 6 & 7 of line one are repeated as syllables 2 thru 7
and syllable 8 is the same in both lines and syllables 1 & 2 are of line 3 are repeated in line 4
Refrain: The ending couplet is the first and the last line of the previous stanzas.
NOTE: The author is amenable to having poets substitute rhyming as well as identical syllables. I have done so in my example poem.
Rhymed: Rhyme scheme Aaab BBbc CCd AD, where the capital letters represent refrain words or refrain lines.
Here is the author’s own explanation. At the end I have included a visual template that may help some.
The Rhyming Wave is a form of my own invention. The instructions seem complicated, but once you start writing it, you will get it pretty quickly.
A Rhyming Wave is so named because words repeat themselves, similar to waves lapping over and over again on the shore.
A Rhyming Wave has at least 2 verses and an ending couplet. Each verse is four lines with the first three written in iambic tetrameter (4 “feet” of 2 syllables each) and the fourth line three feet, or six syllables. The ending couplet will be the first and last lines of the poem repeated.
To write a Rhyming Wave you must know how to write in iambic meter. This is the da-DUM, da-DUM rhythm. If you don’t know how to do this, your Rhyming Wave may not come out sounding as it should. As with all iambic metered poems, it does not have to be PERFECT, but it should sound melodious to the ear.
– First line: 4 iambic feet (8 syllables)
She dwells among the foamy swells,
– Second line : syllables 6 and 7 of line one are repeated as syllables 2 through 7 (three times) and syllable 8 is also repeated as syllable 8.
the foamy, foamy, foamy swells–
– Third line: 4 iambic feet (8 syllables) last syllable rhymes with last syllable of lines one and two
Beneath the cresting waves she dwells,
– Fourth line: first 2 to 3 syllables (whichever fits) of line three are repeated/ six syllables only
beneath the ocean’s roll.
Verses 2 through 4, same pattern – first line of each verse rhymes with last line of previous verse:

Her song floats from a sandy shoal
a sandy, sandy, sandy shoal–
her voice that creeps into the soul,
her voice, a crooning trill.

And over all a misty chill
a misty, misty, misty chill–
she’ll sing again, it’s sure she will,
she’ll sing her haunting tune.

Her humming soothes the silver moon,
the silver, silver, silver moon,
where stars will span the ocean soon–
where stars will hear her song.

Ending couplet, first and last lines of the poem:

She dwells among the foamy swells,
where stars will hear her song.

* poem must have at least 2 verses, but there is no limit to the number of verses
ENTIRE POEM/ a Rhyming Wave:
Mermaid’s Song
She dwells among the foamy swells,
the foamy, foamy, foamy swells–
beneath the cresting waves she dwells,
beneath the ocean’s roll.

Her song floats from a sandy shoal
a sandy, sandy, sandy shoal–
her voice that creeps into the soul,
her voice, a crooning trill.

And over all a misty chill
a misty, misty, misty chill–
she’ll sing again, it’s sure she will,
she’ll sing her haunting tune.

Her humming soothes the silver moon,
the silver, silver, silver moon,
where stars will span the ocean soon–
where stars will hear her song.

She dwells among the foamy swells
where stars will hear her song.

Example #2/ a Rhyming Wave
Rose Covered
A cottage in the shady wood,
the shady, shady, shady wood–
amid soft, leafy arms it stood
amid the woodland trees.

Perfume hung on the hazy breeze
the hazy, hazy, hazy breeze
where roses opened for the bees
where roses blossomed red.

The roses climbed and gently spread,
and gently, gently, gently spread–
they made the walls a flower bed,
they made the cottage sweet.

A respite in the steamy heat,
the steamy, steamy, steamy heat–
a cool and comfortable retreat
a cool and quiet place.

A cottage in the shady wood,
a cool and quiet place.

My example:
Pleasant Quest
He waited for the perfect mate
the perfect, perfect, perfect mate
the one he would appreciate
the one he knew he’d find.

She’d have to have a caring mind
a daring, rare and caring mind
to make him leave his quest behind
to make him say, “It’s you!’

Enroute he took a playful view–
a playful, playful, playful view
before he chose to say, “I do”–
before he chose his bride.

He had a very pleasing ride–
a pleasing, teasing, pleasing ride
He mostly left girls satisfied.
He most enjoyed the search.

He waited for the perfect mate
He most enjoyed the search.
© Lawrencealot – August 27, 2015
Visual Template
Rhyming Wave
Rhyming Wave


The Trichain is a poetry form created by Lisa La Grange, writing on Allpoetry.com.

A Trichain is:
Stanzaic: Consisting of 3 or more quatrains.
Metered: Each quatrain consists of 3 lines of iambic tetrameter and one line of iambic trimeter.
Rhyme Scheme: aaab cccb dddb …

Here is her original work.

Beautiful Mystery

At times the heart is plagued by pains
that bind like cold corroding chains;
it seems the torment never wanes
and nothing brings respite.

But then amidst oppressive fears
and cold depression’s streaming tears,
the mystery of love appears,
exuding dulcet light.

And then the chains of grief and woe,
are melted by its crimson glow
and misery is forced to go;
defeated by delight.

For love obliterates the gloom
of shadows that appear to loom.
They fade in beauty’s brilliant bloom
as flames of hope ignite.

Pasted from http://allpoetry.com/poem/12098352-Beautiful-Mystery-by-Lisa-La-Grange

My example

The Girl and the Toad  (Trichain)

While down a rustic path I strode
I chanced upon a tuckered toad,
who’d stopped still sitting in the road,
which seemed a dangerous place.

He let me take him in my hand
and when I spoke, it was unplanned;
I did not think he’d understand
although that seemed the case.

Within my head I heard a sound,
a mellow voice that did confound;
the toad, the only one around
was staring at my face.

“You are as pretty as they come
so sitting here was not so dumb,
If you will kiss me I’ll become
a prince with charm and grace.”

© Lawrencealot – July 5, 2015

Visual Template


The Terzanelle is a poetry type which is a combination of the villanelle and the terza rima forms. It is a 19-line poem consisting of five interlocking triplets/tercets plus a concluding quatrain in which the first and third lines of the first triplet appear as refrains. The middle line of each triplet is repeated, reappearing as the last line of the succeeding triplet with the exception of the center line of the next-to-the-last stanza which appears in the quatrain. The rhyme and refrain scheme for the triplets is as follows:

1. A
2. B
3. A

4. b
5. C
6. B

7. c
8. D
9. C

10. d
11. E
12. D

13. e
14. F
15. E

Ending Type 1:

16. f
17. A
18. F
19. A

Ending Type 2:

16. f
17. F
18. A
19. A

Each line of the poem should be the same metrical length.

Best regards and best wishes to all,

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