An attempt to merge the precision and symmetry of mathematics with the creative expression of poetry.
Stanzas and Lines
- 5 stanzas of varying length:
1st 9 lines
2nd 4 lines
3rd 1 line
4th 4 lines
5th 9 lines.
- Poem is either title-less or uses the 3rd stanza as its title.
Rhyme and Meter
- 1st and 5th stanzas are terza rima, each with three unique line endings.
- 2nd and 4th stanzas are quatrains formed of two rhyming couplets.
- Line length should be consistent throughout the poem, with a minimum of 6 syllables/beats per line.
- Rhyme Scheme: ABA.BCB.CAC DE.DE F GH.GH IJI.JKJ.KIK
- The 3rd stanza is the central idea of the poem. It can be a word, phrase, or sentence and is the one exception to the line length rule.
- To reflect the mathematical nature of this poem the two stanzas on either side of the center are thematic opposites. For example: pessimistic/optimistic, past/future, natural/supernatural, etc.
- The purpose is up to the poet. One can choose to describe, react, praise, etc. as long as the previous thematic rules are kept.
- Thematic examples:
Created by Tyler Letkeman on August 23rd 2014.