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Diminishing Verse: Poetic Forms

Learn how to write diminishing verse, a poetic form that removes letters from end words. Get the guidelines and an example poem here.

Here's a fun form: Diminishing Verse!

Diminishing Verse Poems

Diminishing verse offers no origin and very few rules, but I enjoyed writing my example below. In fact, the main rule is this: Remove the first letter of end word in previous line.

For example:

  • Line 1 ends with the word "grad"
  • And line 2 ends "rad"
  • Then, line 3 ends "ad"

Note: There are no rules for rhymes, syllables, poem length, stanza length, etc. Just a simple removal of a letter. That said, poets can also remove sounds if they wish like "braille" to "rail" to "ale."

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The Complete Guide of Poetic Forms

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Poetic forms are fun poetic games, and this digital guide collects more than 100 poetic forms, including more established poetic forms (like sestinas and sonnets) and newer invented forms (like golden shovels and fibs).

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Here’s my attempt at Diminishing Verse:

bullies, by Robert Lee Brewer

The many children in my neighborhood are glad
when all the adults chase around a certain lad
who acts the bad guy of an anti-bully ad,

but it's ironic that any child who might stray
be knocked around like a cafeteria tray
when children only want to shine like a sun's ray.

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