Whittled Words – Cyrch A Chwta Poem

As you might guess from the name, Cyrch A Chwta is a Welsh poetic form. And like many Welsh forms, this poem involves both end rhymes and internal (or cross) rhymes.

Whittled Words – Found Poem

Found poetry is all about taking words not originally meant to be a poem (as they originally appeared) and turning those words into a poem anyway.

Whittled Words – Imayo Poem

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

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 – Luc Bat Poem

The Luc Bat is a Vietnamese poetic form that means “six-eight.” In fact, the poem consists of alternating lines of six and eight syllables.

Whittled Words – Ae Freislighe Poem

I think part of the reason I find Irish forms so difficult is that the rhymes can be so intense, and that is definitely the case with the Ae Freislighe (pronounced – ay fresh-lee).

Whittled Words – Stornello Poem

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

Whittled Words – Tricube Poem

Unlike the many classical forms we have already covered in this series, the Tricube is a newer form and relatively unknown. Plus, it is fun and easy to learn.

Whittled Words – Rispetto Poem

A rispetto is a very old Italian poetic form and its age has spawned many definitions, but the two most common variations are these:

Whittled Words – Curtal Sonnet

Gerard Manley Hopkins invented the curtal sonnet in the 19th century.

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