Whittled Words – Stornello Poem


Welcome to the weekly series, Whittled Words. A series highlighting the innumerable types and styles of poetry to challenge any creative wordsmith. This week’s selection:





The stornello is an Italian tercet (or 3-line stanza) form with 11 syllables per line and an AAA end rhyme. It is as simple as that!

Note: There is a variant version of the stornello in which the first line of each tercet is shorter than 11 syllables, but it retains the same rhyme scheme while holding 11 syllables in both lines two and three.


Examples of Stornello Poems:





By Robert Lee Brewer



bees elevate the solstice with their bumble
& deer celebrate the day as they stumble
through dew-soaked fields filled with lovers who tumble

into twilit mornings after moonlit nights
wandering through shadows & electric lights
bound to surrender to summer’s sweet delights




By Judi Van Gorder

I picked a wine red rose from off the vine,
the prickly thorns drew blood drops oozing crimson.
My love has left me bare, life without design.

I paint a rose in verse just one more time,
join thousands gone before in penning a hymn
to love’s tart fragrance in crimson velvet rhyme.



By Brad Osborne



We constant strive to learn what life is about

But vision comes from eyes that only look out

To a world around us that is filled with doubt

Close your eyes and let the real learning begin

The veil that blinds our truth is so very thin

All the answers you seek are found from within


I hope you have enjoyed this entry to the series, Whittled Words. I look forward to your comments, and if you dare, maybe share your own Stornello poem. Thanks for reading!


13 Responses to “Whittled Words – Stornello Poem”
  1. beth says:

    a fun form, and I love how you say “it’s as easy as that!” you certainly make it seem so )

  2. kristianw84 says:

    Beautiful, as always!!

  3. Jim Borden says:

    I like this style of poem, for its simplicity. And as always, you offer up a great example of this type of poem. And yes, the answer lies within…

    and there’s that Brewer guy again… 🙂

  4. jonicaggiano says:

    This is lovely. I enjoyed the examples as well. I like the rhythm of this style very much. All the poems were beautiful. Yours was a beautiful poem with a lot of true wisdom. We should all probably look within ourselves for many reasons instead of being blasted by external sources. Sending you love and hugs and also baskets of love letters from single women who can’t resist a poet. They will be delivered by my fairy friends who love delivering happiness whenever they can. Have a great Easter, Love Jonikens

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