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!


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

    love your poem and so spot on!

  2. kristianw84 says:

    I enjoyed how Robert Lee Brewer’s poem picks up from title.

    Of course, as always, yours is my favorite! So full of wisdom.

  3. Definitely enjoyed it and your sample was brilliant!

  4. I am a simple rhyming sort of fellow
    So I do enjoy reading each Stornello,
    Favoring more the mellow than the bellow.
    But writing one is such a trickier thing
    As I have not the skill to make the words sing
    And dazzle the way they do for Brad the King.

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