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Seguidilla: Poetic Form

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I'm a big fan of French forms, but there's something special about the Spanish forms I find from time to time. That includes this week's form: seguidilla.

Seguidilla Poems

Seguidilla is one of those poetic forms that started off as a song before eventually settling on an established poetic form. Specifically, seguidilla began as a dance song.

So here are the basic rules:

  • 7-line poem
  • Syllable count for each line is 7-5-7-5-5-7-5
  • One assonance rhyme between lines 2 and 4; another one between lines 5 and 7
  • Pause between lines 4 and 5--usually an end stop
  • Also, the tone or focus changes between lines 4 and 5 as well

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Here’s my attempt at a Seguidilla Poem:

The Darkness, by Robert Lee Brewer

When the clouds capture the moon
never to release,
I wander without purpose
solitary streets.
Each song sung in Spain
reminds me why darkness
surrounds me again.

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Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.

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