Poetic Form: Monotetra

The monotetra is a poetic form developed by Michael Walker. Here are the basic rules:

  • Comprised of quatrains (four-line stanzas) in tetrameter (four metrical feet) for a total of 8 syllables per line
  • Each quatrain consists of mono-rhymed lines (so each line in the first stanza has the same type of rhyme, as does each line in the second stanza, etc.)
  • The final line of each stanza repeats the same four syllables
  • This poem can be as short as one quatrain and as long as a poet wishes

Personally, I like the rhyme scheme and the repetitive final line of each stanza. I also appreciate the flexibility of this form in terms of how long or short the poem can be.

Here’s my attempt:

“The view from up here”

We found a rock on the hilltop
that we used as reason to stop
and talk about our school’s sock hop–
where music pops, where music pops.

She told me I should learn to dance,
but I was concerned with romance
and wanted to make an advance–
she said, “No chance;” she said, “No chance.”

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51 thoughts on “Poetic Form: Monotetra

  1. originalsbyterry

    The monotetra has become my favorite form for writing poetry. I like it so much that a created my own variation of it, which I call semitetra. It is two lines of 8 syllables each, with a 3rd line of 4 syllables and all 3 lines rhyme. I have introduced it on allpoetry.com and have run contests.

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