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  • Walking in the Wood (Quatern)

    while I was walking in the wood
    I spied a kingdom. deep beyond
    the brambled bowers and blackened
    stumps left sentinel in waste. long

    shadows played mid vista revealed
    while I was walking in the wood
    beyond the lake. the kingdom rose
    from foggy field, ivy laden

    walls with drawbridge yawning welcome
    to sojourners brave. None appeared
    while I was walking in the wood
    and watched with trepidation grown

    from fairy tales long buried in
    remotest childhood dreams. should I
    advance, retreat, or detour make
    while I was walking in the wood



    Here's another new form I found to try (because I wasn't poetically-challenged enough already....right). NOT! It was fun and of course the trick is starting with a phrase you wouldn't mind repeating! Enjoy!

    Quatern Poetic Form Rules

    This poem has 16 lines broken up into 4 quatrains (or 4-line stanzas).
    Each line is comprised of eight syllables.
    The first line is the refrain. In the second stanza, the refrain appears in the second line; in the third stanza, the third line; in the fourth stanza, the fourth (and final) line.
    There are no rules for rhyming or iambics.

  • #2
    RLW. this is really beautiful and superbly crafted. I detect a grantian influence! You are growing like Jack's beanstalk! Ten loud Huzzahs!

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  • #3
    I love your poem and I love this form. Thanks for posting this piece. It made me want to try it, if for not other reason than to get me away from my rhyming obsession..
    Last edited by John Wertz; 05-21-2016, 03:48 AM.

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    • RhymeLovingWriter
      RhymeLovingWriter commented
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      Thanks John. It was fun to put together once I found a phrase I could reuse. I look forward to seeing what you'll do with it too!

  • #4
    I like this form, with its syllabic structure. As usual, Rhymist, you are an instant adept. ☺

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    • RhymeLovingWriter
      RhymeLovingWriter commented
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      Thanks Grant. I don't know how much time I'll have to pursue it today, but I already have one other phrase in mind to start a new one!

  • #5
    I have to jump in on this one too!! Beautiful and lovely imagery - I was walking with you and asking myself the same question. Wonderful poem.

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    • RhymeLovingWriter
      RhymeLovingWriter commented
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      Wonderful AtL - this is going to be fun to see what everyone comes up with!
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