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A Step By Step Guide On How To Write An Individualtean Form Poem

A Step By Step Guide On How To Write An Individualtean Form Poem

Hello, here I would like to do a piece that guides people through the form I created. People seem to have problems doing them, mainly I think because of the end line, beginning line rhyme, though I do not know the reasons. Anyway, whatever the reason, here goes.

The first verse: The rhyme scheme is abcbac and the syllable count is 10 8 6 8 10 6 - line end 2 and line beginning 3 rhyme too so the 'b' rhyme begins line 3.

A brand new poem meets a fresh wild day,
fingers tap smiles into the air,
their bubbles are intense,
little circular sparkles share
colourful visions as they pop the way
forward; future's suspense.

A / brand / new / po / em / meets / a / fresh / wild / day, - 10 syllables, rhyme a.
fin / gers / tap / smiles / in / to / the / air, - 8 syllables, rhyme b.
their / bub/ bles /are / in / tense, - 6 syllables, rhyme c at the end of the line, but also rhyme b to begin the line.
lit / tle / cir / cu /lar / spark/ les / share - 8 syllables, rhyme b.
col / our / ful / vis / ions / as / they / pop / the / way - 10 syllables, rhyme a.
for / ward; / fu / ture's / sus / pense. - 6 syllables, rhyme c.

The second verse is still in tune with the first verse for it must use the c rhyme to begin, so in other words it will start with a rhyme for 'suspense.' The rhyme scheme for this verse is def and the syllable count is 3 4 7.

Now many have said to me over time with my poetry that certain words do not rhyme, and I sadly shake my head, people seem to think that only true rhyme counts, this is not the case. One can use first syllable rhymes, end rhymes etc, and though they may appear at first glance not to rhyme, they do indeed rhyme.

Commence now
with creation,
words that sing love's warm beauty.

Here I am using an end line rhyme to begin the second verse, so though Com / does not rhyme with sus / the end lines do rhyme - mence / pense.

Com / mence / now - 3 syllables, rhyme d.
with / cre / a / tion, - 4 syllables, rhyme e.
words / that / sing / love's / warm / beau /ty. - 7 syllables, rhyme f.

A lot easier I think to do this verse as after the first verse your mind should be roaming the rhymes and count and this verse is only 3 lines long.

Now verse three returns to the same pattern as used in verse one, abcbac with the same syllable count used 10 8 6 8 10 6.

A slight difference in relation to verse one with the beginning of this, the third verse must start with the f rhyme which ended verse two. So the word 'beauty' is the word to rhyme with to start off the verse. Again do not be limited to what people class as true rhyme, end line rhyme etc is fine.

Free; they converge on laughter's curve and play
the swirls of something from nowhere,
there's a magical sense,
it leaps from a rainbow's cool stare,
hits with quiet precision life's ballet
with wonderful incense.

Free; / they / con / verge / on / laugh /ter's / curve / and / play - 10 syllables, rhyme a.
the / swirls / of / some / thing / from / no /where, - 8 syllables, rhyme b.
there's / a / mag / i / cal / sense, - 6 syllables, rhyme c at the end of the line, but also rhyme b to begin the line.
it / leaps / from / a / rain / bow's / cool / stare, - 8 syllables, rhyme b.
hits / with / qui / et / pre / ci / sion / life's / bal / let - 10 syllables, rhyme a.
with / won /der / ful / in /cense. - 6 syllables, rhyme c.

For the fourth verse we return to the second verse rhyme scheme and syllable count, but as has been the internal rhyme theme, we again start the fourth verse with the same rhyme used to end the third verse, so here it will be 'incense.' The rhyme scheme is once again def and the syllable count is 3 4 7.

Fence know how,
its blade's action
throws glints of toned poetry.

Fence / know / how, - 3 syllables, rhyme d.
its / blade's / ac / tion - 4 syllables, rhyme e.
throws / glints / of / toned / po /et /ry. - 7 syllables rhyme f.

Note: Different people in different parts of the world will count syllables differently and though there are syllable counter sites, they are not to be classed as gospel, this would apply too to rhymes, just because an online site says this rhymes and that does not, do not treat that as written law, play with words in your mind, do they rhyme to you when you sing them together? For example, I was once told book and duck do not rhyme, yet they do in my head!

Okay, the final verse. This differs from the previous four, this time we are using only 2 lines, each line has a syllable count of 10 and the rhyme is gg. Again though as with the internal rhyme theme - the beginning of this final verse starts with the rhyme end of the previous one, in this case the word is ' poetry.'

The final line of this final verse also plays with end line beginning line rhyme, the rhyme used 'g' to end line one, here the word is 'curl' is also used to start the final line.

Draughty sighs flutter on the lips that curl,
twirl delicate notions which now unfurl.

Draugh / ty / sighs / flut /ter / on / the /lips / that / curl, - 10 syllables, rhyme g at the end of the line and rhyme e starting the line.
twirl / del / i / cate / no /tions / which / now / un / furl. - 10 syllables, rhyme g at the end of the line and the beginning of the line.

And there you have it in a nutshell! Okay I know reading lengthy explanations can be a bore, but they do help. It is wise I think too to look at examples of the form itself, I tend to do that a lot when I see new forms to me.

So, the whole poem will be:-

Delicate Notions

A brand new poem meets a fresh wild day,
fingers tap smiles into the air,
their bubbles are intense,
little circular sparkles share
colourful visions as they pop the way
forward; future's suspense.

Commence now
with creation,
words that sing love's warm beauty.

Free; they converge on laughter's curve and play
the swirls of something from nowhere,
there's a magical sense,
it leaps from a rainbow's cool stare,
hits with quiet precision life's ballet
with wonderful incense.

Fence know how,
its blade's action
throws glints of toned poetry.

Draughty sighs flutter on the lips that curl,
twirl delicate notions which now unfurl.

Thank you for your time.

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