Here’s a new (to me) form that sounds like it's a spell from the Harry Potter series of books: Rimas Dissolutas!
Rimas Dissolutas Poems
Popular with 12th and 13th century French poets, rimas dissolutas is a poem that rhymes and doesn't rhyme. For instance, each stanza contains no end rhymes, but each line in each stanza rhymes with the corresponding line in the next stanza--sometimes employing an envoi at the end.
For example, here's how the end rhymes would work in a rimas dissolutas with three five-line stanzas:
(If the poem had an envoi, it might be 2-3 lines long using the c, d, and/or e rhymes.)
Note: There are no rules for meter, line length, or syllables--except that it should be consistent from stanza to stanza.
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Here’s my attempt at Rimas Dissolutas:
the cat of sadness, by Robert Lee Brewer
the cat of sadness does not purr
late at night anymore or hunt
for creatures to offer up still
half-alive & held in her teeth
oblivious to trembling furr
focused on performing her stunt
& pleasing her king on the hill
who loved her above & beneath
but who left her for a new thrill
as she curled up into a wreath
Find more poetic posts here:
- Diminishing Verse: Poetic Form.
- WD Poetic Form Challenge: Dizain. (Deadline: October 31!)
- Bryan Borland: Poet Interview.