Recently, I covered ae freislighe, after neglecting Irish forms a bit too long. This time around, I’m getting back to my French form roots with the huitain!
If you know me, you know I love the French poetic forms. The huitain is actually a derivative of the French ballade. In fact, it is a complete 8-line poem composed of one ballade stanza.
Here are the guidelines for the huitain:
- 8-line stanza
- ababbcbc rhyme scheme
- Usually 8 to 10 syllables per line
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Here’s my attempt at a Huitain Poem:
The Dragon, by Robert Lee Brewer
Then, once upon a time, I spied
a dragon hover over trees
and thought perhaps that I should hide
before the beast also spied me,
but my fear would not let me see
that for me it had no real care
while it used its wings to be free
of the water, the earth, and air.