Chant Poems: Poetic Forms

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The chant poem is about as old as poetry itself. In fact, it may be the first form poetry took. Chant poems simply incorporate repetitive lines that form a sort of chant. Each line can repeat, or every other line. It's easy to find many poetic forms that incorporate chanting with the use of a refrain. However, a chant poem is a little more methodical than a triolet or rondeau.

Here's my attempt at a chant poem:

"Santa Carla"

He can see all the birds lift from the grass;
there's another missing child on the radio.

The trees appear to be covered in glass;
there's another missing child on the radio.

He knows the many shades of wrong and right;
there's another missing child on the radio.

If there's a city waiting in the night,
there's another missing child on the radio.

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