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.

Whittled Words – Awdl Gywydd Poem

I love Welsh forms, because they tend to rhyme and this form includes the challenge of internal rhymes.

Whittled Words – Chant Poem

The chant poem is about as old as poetry itself. In fact, it may be the first form poetry took.

Whittled Words – Anagram Poem

While reading “The Best American Poetry 2007”, I came across this very different form of poetry referred to as an Anagram poem. I was intrigued by it but have avoided it, as any thought about writing in this form made me shiver with dread at the work that may be involved.

Whittled Words – Elegy Poem

Though similar in function, the elegy is distinct from the epitaph, ode, and eulogy: the epitaph is very brief; the ode solely exalts; and the eulogy is most often written in formal prose.

Whittled Words – Biolet Poem

“The biolet was invented by the Brazilian poet Filinto de Almeida and first appeared in print in his book Lyrica in 1887. It is a six line poem, and like the triolet, the first two lines are repeated as the last two lines, however in reverse.”

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