How to write poetry in ballad verse

Hi guys! I wanted to explain one of poetry’s most common metered forms, ballad verse. It was very popular with music. Ballad verse is usually in in quatrains, meaning that each stanza is four line. The meter is a line of iambic tetrameter followed by a line of iambic trimeter (4 units, then 3). Let’s […]

Poetics: Old and New

In order for a poet to be successful at his craft, let us first consider the contemporary poet. Other than the obvious existence of spoken word poets, who use musicality and rhyme, poets of our era cannot be defined, except for the occasional Flarf poet. Why is this? Poets are exposed to a very broad […]

Poetic Meter: An Introduction

The primary feet used in poetry are: (NOTE: v = unaccented, ^ = accented) Iambic: v^ Anapestic: vv^ Trochaic: ^v Dactylic: ^vv The substitutive feet are: Spondaic: ^^ Pyrrhic: vv The different line lengths are: One foot: Monometer Two feet: Dimeter Three feet: Trimeter Four feet: Tetrameter Five feet: Pentameter Six feet: Hexameter Seven feet: Heptameter Eight feet: Octameter For example: v   ^     […]

Poetic form to try: Song thất lục bát

A song thất lục bát is a Vietnamese form. It consists of two quatrains containing two seven-syllable lines, followed by a Lục bát couplet (a six-syllable line and an eight-syllable line). Each line requires certain syllables to exhibit a “flat” or “sharp” pitch (• = neutral), and a complex rhyme scheme (A, B, etc). • […]