Ya-du: Poetic Forms - Writer's Digest

Ya-du: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the ya-du, a Burmese quintain form.
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Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the ya-du, a Burmese quintain form.

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Ya-du Poems

The ya-du is a Burmese poetic form. Here are the guidelines:

  • Quintains (or five-line stanzas).
  • Four syllables in the first four lines.
  • The final line has either five, seven, nine, or 11 syllables.
  • The fourth syllable of the first line rhymes with the third syllable of the second line and the second syllable of the third line.
  • The fourth syllable of the third line rhymes with the third syllable of the fourth line and the second syllable of the fifth line.
  • The fourth syllable of the fourth line rhymes with the final syllable of the final line.
  • Subject usually deals with seasons.
  • Most ya-du are written in three or fewer stanzas.

Here's a way to visualize the structure/rhymes (with a 5-syllable final line):



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Here’s my attempt at a ya-du:

autumn, by Robert Lee Brewer

on walden pond
we sang songs of
our long summers
of wonder we
never seemed to leave


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