Whittled Words – Lai Poem

The lai is another French form. It is a nine-line poem or stanza that uses an “a” and “b” rhyme following this pattern: aabaabaab.

Whittled Words – Kyrielle Poem

The kyrielle is a French four-line stanza (quatrain) form that has a refrain in the fourth line.

Whittled Words – Imayo Poem

The imayo is a 4-line Japanese poem that has 12 syllables in each line.

Whittled Words – Madrigal Poem

The madrigal originated as an Italian form, as a pastoral song.

Whittled Words – Ottava Rima Poem

With an Italian origin, the earliest known use of the ottava rima poetry form dates back to the fourteenth century, when the form was introduced into the Italian literary scene by poet Giovanni Boccaccio.

Whittled Words – Hay(na)ku Poem

Hay(na)ku is a simple poetic form, and it is also one of the newest.

Whittled Words – Huitain Poem

The huitain is actually a derivative of the French ballade. In fact, it is a complete 8-line poem composed of one ballade stanza.

Whittled Words – Hir A Thoddaid Poem

Some of you may have already guessed simply by the name, but the Hir A Thoddaid is a Welsh form.

Whittled Words – Cascade Poem

For the cascade poem, a poet takes each line from the first stanza of a poem and makes those the final lines of each stanza afterward. Beyond that, there are no additional rules for rhyming, meter, etc.

Whittled Words – Fib Poem

Fibonacci poetry was founded by Gregory K. Pincus as a 6-line poem that follows the Fibonacci sequence for syllable count per line.

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