10-line Poem Challenge #11: Mini Monoverse

The Mini Monoverse was created by Emily Romano.

  • It is a decastich written in 2 stanzas of 5 3-syllable lines.
  • Rhyme scheme: aaaaa bbbbb
  • The poem should tell a story, but this is not required.
  • It may be doubled, in which case the additional stanzas would rhyme ccccc ddddd. But of course, it would not be a decastich if doubled, so we will stick to the original 2 stanzas for this exercise.

Samples

Below are two samples for you. Both of them tell a story, and both are rather nonsensical. It seems to me that this form lends itself well to humor by the very nature of the short lines and repeated rhyming sounds, although I have also written some more serious Mini Monoverse.

What Happens on the Bus…

Both of us
Ride the bus
And discuss
All the fuss
Scandalous.

But we swore
Never more
To explore
Such a bore
Past the door.

© 2017 Abigail Gronway – All Rights Reserved

Love at First Sight

When he eyed
Her beside
Riverside
Then he cried,
“Be my bride.”

The address,
I confess,
Did impress
With success:
She said, “Yes!”

© 2017 Abigail Gronway – All Rights Reserved

 

It’s Your Turn!

Now it’s time for you to write a Mini Monoverse. Perhaps you will write a bit of banter, as I did here, or perhaps you would rather take this form more seriously. The choice is up to you. Then when you are finished, please share it with us.

Don’t know how? Follow these simple steps…

  1. Write your blog post.
  2. Optional: Include the tag Decastich Challenge
  3. Include a link to this post in your post so I can find you.
  4. Publish your post.

Dig Deeper

To find more samples and to learn from those who taught me, check out these sites. All links open in a separate tab so you can easily find your way back here.

Poet’s Collective ~ The forms on this website are not organized in alphabetical order, but he does have at least one sample poem for each form, he even has tags for rhyme scheme. He also has a visual template for every form so you can see the rhyme scheme and stress patterns, as applicable. That is extremely helpful.

Sol Magazine ~ This resource covers much more than just 10-line poems.

“Metric Forms from Pathways for the Poet” ~ This is an outline of information from Pathways for the Poet by Viola Berg (1977), a book for and by educators. This resource also includes more than just 10-line poems, but it helped to fill in the gaps where my other sources were a bit scanty with their information.

Shadow Poetry ~ This is my favorite resource for learning about poetic forms (and not just the decastich), but I have discovered that there is ever so much more to learn than what I can find here. This is, however, a very good place to start.

 

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