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History: Abhang, or Abhanga, is a form of devotional poetry sung in praise of the Hindu god Vitthala also known as Vithoba. It was popular from the 13th thru 17th centuries Marathi Region of India. The word "abhang" comes from a for "non-" and bhang for "ending" or "interrupting", in other words, a flawless, continuous process, [...]

2019-04-20T11:32:32-04:00By |

Ae Freislighe

History: Pronounced 'aye, freshly' as in "has this room been painted?" "aye, freshly" (booo hisssss, baaad pun)...this is an Irish syllabic, quatrain stanza form. There is so much to say about Celtic Forms that we really should do a full post on it. So we will: check out the post on our favorite masochistic poetry past [...]

2019-04-20T13:34:52-04:00By |


History: The Alouette is a form created by Jan Turner on the poetry community site Shadow Poetry some time around 2008/2009. The form name means 'Skylark' in French, and also can mean a children's song sung in a group. Structure: 2 or more stanzas 6 lines per stanza Meter: 5, 5, 7, 5, 5, 7 [...]

2020-03-03T13:48:11-05:00By |

Amanda’s Pinch

History: Amanda's Pinch is a form created by Amanda Norton on, and we're still trying to find the original source page for this. Structure: stanza of 8 lines syllable count 12/12/10/8/8/10/12/12 Rhyme Scheme abcDDcba Line 5 repeats line 4 Alliteration is required in every line poem should be centered on the page: this is [...]

2020-03-03T14:04:30-05:00By |


History: Amaranth is a form created by Viola Berg as a teaching tool in her 1977 book Pathways for the Poet. That's what we've been able to find so far, second hand, as we have yet to lay our grubby little hands on the book itself. So far the only source online for this information [...]

2020-03-04T14:23:39-05:00By |


History: This one took some digging. The Argonelle is an invented was created many years ago by Sylvia Argow of the New York Poetry Forum in the 1970s. Structure: This was a hard poem to track down. The usual websites, who all cite each other and don't give any other sources and admit to not [...]

2019-08-14T10:07:21-04:00By |

Atarlis Fileata

History: According to the internet (these contemporary invented forms are really hard to find the story of), the Atarlis Fileata is a contemporary invented form, invented by Cathy Bollhoefer. Atarlis Fileata is Gaelic for "repeating poetic" although the poem form itself does not follow the standards of old traditional Celtic Forms. Structure: 7-line poem measured [...]

2019-08-16T10:10:30-04:00By |


History: The Atrina is a stanzaic form contemporarily invented by Keith Metcalf Drew at AllPoetry. Structure: Consists of 4 stanzas The first three stanzas are 4 lines each (quatrains) Each line is 8 syllables (octosyllabic) The first line of a stanzas repeats in the last line of the same stanzas The third line of a [...]

2019-04-25T20:17:44-04:00By |

Awdl Gywwwyd

History: One of four types of Cywydd, a Welsh metrical form originating in the 14th century, and one of three predominant Welsh metrical forms, the other two being the Awdl, and the Englyn. The other three forms of Cywydd, as listed by Einion Offeiriad around 1320, are Cywydd Deuair Birion, Cywydd Deuair Fryion, and Cywydd [...]

2020-02-26T14:21:12-05:00By |

Balassi Stanza

History: The Balassi Stanza is a poetry lyric form introduced by Balint Balassi, (1551-1594), also recorded as Baron Valentin Balassi, and Balint Balassa, considered the most renown lyric poet in Hungarian literature. Structure: Nine lines Lines 3, 6 and 9 share end-rhymes Remaining lines share an end rhyme Any number of stanzas syllable counts 667667667 [...]

2020-02-25T15:07:53-05:00By |