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"The Poetics 'They' Don't Want You to Know About"

Double acrostic. Double Acrostic [Addressed to two children, whose names form the two “upright” words, which are supposed to be described in the first stanza.]

double acrostic

Two little maids were heard to say, (They dwelt in London-city),“This summer-day’s too hot to play, And picture-books are pretty.” So, curling up like little mice,And clasping hand in hand,They read (& whispered “Aint it nice!”) The tale of Wonderland. Bright streamed the sunlight on the floor, To tempt them out to run;But they (like mice, I’ve said before) Loved shadow more than sun. And one cried “Sister, let’s invent A dream—and plan to goWhere Mr. The other said “It’s nearly three: Papa will call us soon.His pictures on the stand, and we Must sit this afternoon.” “And if we sit extremely good,” The younger cried in haste,“He’ll give us wine—he said he would— A little tiny taste!”

[In explanation of the last two verses, it should Be added that they are an Artists’ children.] A lic EG loo MN ijn I*E ase LS herr Y. A miniature form. Via Abu-Lughod: The Ghinnawa is a 15 syllable couplet divided into units: 1234/56789.

a miniature form

But it is unspooled thus: 78/78/789/78/6789/78/78/6789/78/78/781/1234/78/78/56/56789 sixteen lines). An example given in the book: 'Tears increased, oh Lord the beloved came to mind in the time of sadness' which unspools into: Family alliteration.

PuSlogh vagh

Pi-ectype. Michael Keith rewrote Edgar Allen Poe’s poem The Raven to turn it into a mnemonic for pi.


Keith’s version follows the original quite well considering his severe constraints. The full poem has 18 stanzas. Here I include only the first and last. The full version can be found here. Dorf poetic forms. Centos. Anagram-poems (eadds) Whole-word wordsquare. Paradelle. Villanelle. Poetry defined. My contribution to the art of poetry criticism. The snowflake stanza. Twenty Consonant Poetry. Makrugh. Of the form called "makrugh".


I wanted a form which would introduce an arbitrary element recurringly, with a hidden significance. So starting with a text i once created using a computer to randomize words ("Star Grope"), i numbered the words & created a second matrix of numbered slots. The positions that correspond to prime numbers in the matrix, i circled. 14 Vowel Sound Poetry.

"The Fall of Baghdad" Dark candle, you could call me Now or let this knife make Noise Across my moon snow Each slavish landscape void Puts less out. (4/2003) (My thought: It might be easier if schwas didn't count.) – graywyvern

Lycanthropic Cabbalah.


Proposal for a super-sestina. A contemporary Russian painter.

proposal for a super-sestina

"In Defense of the Anachuttle" by Walter Shedlofsky. A sample of the best beowulf. Zij.

See the essay "poegematry" for how this is used – graywyvern

Technopaegnion. Drottkvaett. Guide to Verse Forms. Vergil's aesthetics. Criss-cross rhyme. Quote: i wouldn't ordinarily write in this section, but as i have made a particular study of this system & use it extensively, i can perhaps add a bit of useful information. this is "analyzed rhyme" as its inventor called it (Edward Davison in Some Modern Poets, 1928); i call it "crisscross" because vowels are ABAB & consonants are ABBA (you can, of course, do the opposite--also, sestets, ktp). it has hardly been tried since Auden (i can only think of Marilyn Hacker's "Partial Analysis" in Taking Notice, 1980) but i find it just as forcing as (& far less hackneyed than) the usual varieties.

criss-cross rhyme

PS Auden in this poem combines crisscross with Owen's "pararhyme", which is much harder. i recommend it mostly as an exercise in bouts-rime' --four words like this that go together & sound like a poem is too uncommon when you really have something to say. Golden sonnet.

Also, a Golden Tanka 19 + 12 = 31 e.g. 5,7, | 5, 7, 5 or 5, 7, 5, 2 | 5, 7; & a Golden Sijo 27 + 16 = 43 e.g. 7, 8, 7, 5| 3, 8, 5 or 7, 8, 1| 6, 8, 8, 5 – graywyvern

Sator square. What's this small masterpiece of literal engineering, readable in many directions?

sator square

First discoveries of the Square relate to year 822, in an ancient Bible; in a wall of Siena's Dome, opposite the Archibishop Palace; in a mosaic behind the altar of Pieve Terzagni, near Cremona; in the castles of Chinon e Jarnac; in an old Puy house (Loire); in the Maison de justice in Valbonnais (Isère); in the church of San Pietro in Oratorium near Capestrano (L'Aquila); in a convent in Val Seriana and another one - where the text has been lost - in the convent of Maria Maddalena in Campomarzio in Verona; in a manuscript of the Capitolare Library in Vercelli where words are written one behind the other forming the perfect palindrom satorarepotenetoperarotas. Very often the Square was evocated for his taumaturgic virtues. It was a triumph for the supporters of the religious theory. But the others said: "Interesting, but why don't we try to explain even the apparent meaning?

Anagrams. Beginning of arbatel. Alliterative revival page. Poegematry.

Computer poetry

Essay on Quantitative Meter. Slakyteirilti There never would've been any fascination with retrofitting Greek meters for English verse in the first place, if not for the truly amazing gallumph of the Latin thing.

essay on Quantitative Meter

Even so, only crackpots it seems at sesquicentennial intervals, waging quixotic war on the whole shebang after Chaucer, get the bug. --No Ennius has yet appeared. Is it really so hard? John Hollander in the third essay of Vision and Resonance (1975)1, ably propounds this topic for modern times.