Whittled Words – Terzanelle Poem

What do you get when you mix two super popular Italian poetic forms, specifically the terza rima and villanelle?

Whittled Words – Rhupunt Poem

The rhupunt has some variability to it, but also some rigid rules as well.

Whittled Words – Diamante Poem

This is a simple, quick, and fun exercise of word association in poetic form. Give it a try and release your inner poet!

Whittled Words – Haibun Poem

The haibun is the combination of two poems: a prose poem and haiku.

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 – Strambotto Poem

Some of these forms are older than others, and the strambotto traces back to the 13th century. This Italian form known as ottava siciliana (Sicilian octave) or strambotto popolare was the preferred form in Southern Italy…

Whittled Words – Curtal Sonnet

So, now that we have learned that sonnets are a 14-line poetic form, let’s look at the only variation I have found that breaks the mold.

Whittled Words – English Sonnet

~~~ Welcome to the weekly series, Whittled Words. A series highlighting the innumerable types and styles of poetry to challenge any creative wordsmith. If you are new to writing poetry, I hope you will find something that sparks your pen to paper and brings out your own inner poet. For the seasoned poets, I hope … Continue reading

Whittled Words – Trenta-Sei Poem

The Trenta-Sei form was created by the poet John Ciardi. It’s a 36-line poem (the word “Trenta-Sei” is Italian for 36) that has a rhyme pattern and refrains.

Whittled Words – Landay Poem

The Landay is a variable length form based off a couplet, which means the poem could be as concise as two lines or run on for several pages. The form most likely originated with nomads in the area of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.

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