Monday, March 27, 2017

10 Short Poetic Forms

I’ve put together a couple poetic form lists by nationality (French poetic forms and Japanese poetic forms) recently, but I thought it’d be fun to assemble a list of short poetic forms. Like less than 10 lines short poems!


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Here are 10 Short Poetic Forms:

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  1. Gogyohka. 5-liner developed by Enta Kusakabe.
  2. Hay(na)ku. 3-liner created by Eileen Tabios.
  3. Lune. Two 3-line versions created by Robert Kelly and Jack Collom.
  4. Magic 9. Abacadaba 9-liner that’s poetic magic.
  5. Nonet. The disappearing 9-line poem.
  6. Rispetto. Italian 8-line poetic form.
  7. Shadorma. Spanish 6-line poem (that I find addictive).
  8. Sijo. Korean 3-line poem.
  9. Tricubes. Mathematical poem introduced by Phillip Larrea.
  10. Triolet. 8-line French form (that’s one of my all-time faves).

Have fun trying each form! And let me know which short forms I left off (besides, you know, haiku and tanka).


Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.


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