Poetry Form: Monotetra

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Hello from rainy summer season Ontario, Canada! The maple leaves have started to burn a bit brown but green leaves still abound here from all the rain.  Here’s what is blooming along my hiking trails:

 

 

Staghorn Sumac

 

 

 

 

Black- eyed Susan

Today we are going to try our hand with a poetic form developed by Michael Walker, the monotetra. Here are the basic rules:

*Comprised of quatrains (four-line stanzas) in tetrameter (four metrical feet) for a total of 8 syllables per line
*Each quatrain consists of mono-rhymed lines (so each line in the first stanza has the same type of rhyme, as does each line in the second stanza, etc.)
*The final line of each stanza repeats the same four syllables. This is what makes the monotetra so powerful as a poetic form – the last line contains two metrical feet, repeated.
*This poem can be as short as 1 or 2 quatrains and as long as a poet wishes.

Stanza Structure:

Line 1: 8 syllables; A1
Line 2: 8 syllables; A2
Line 3: 8 syllables; A3
Line 4: 4 syllables, repeated; A4, A4

Source

Here is my offering:

seasons by grace

you are the breeze that strums my strings
to blues & yellows, all things spring
to sun kissed flowers, your words bring
hint of soft wings, hint of soft wings

you are the sky that stirs my beat
to reds & tango, churn the heat
bring the saucy winks, wine & treats
naughty & sweet, naughty & sweet

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Today’s challenge: To write a poem in monotetra form. You choose your theme, following the stanza structure as described.  I really enjoyed writing that 4th line as it served like an echo of the stanza.

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