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:
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.
Line 1: 8 syllables; A1
Line 2: 8 syllables; A2
Line 3: 8 syllables; A3
Line 4: 4 syllables, repeated; A4, A4
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
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.
- Write a poem based on the writing challenge as described above. Post it on your blog or website.
- Enter your name and direct link to your poem in Mr. Linky.
- Follow the links to other poets. Read and comment on other poems. We all appreciate feedback on our poems.
- Link back to dVerse so others can find us too.
- Have fun!
Hello everyone. Its a crazy weather here in Ontario.
May I offer you a selection of Canadian Ice Wine, Cranberry Fruit Cocktail, Blueberry pie or Butter Tarts – while you are writing and reading the poems.
Hope you have fun writing to this poetry form.
Helen Dehner said:
Naughty and sweet …. how delightful! Great challenge, Grace! My television died last evening, so shopping today. See you tomorrow, save a glass of Merlot for me please?
Of course Helen! Take care.
Blueberry pie for me please 😀 the weather is absolutely beautiful here.. I am looking forward to reading all the responses! Thank you so much for introducing us to this poetic form, Grace. Happy Thursday 💝💝
Blueberry pie for you dear Sanaa. I envy you for your weather because its been a wild -rain & sun, rain & sun- cycle in a day. I am happy to share new poetry forms as it brings me out of my comfort zone. Happy Thursday!!!
Yum! 😀 Thank you, Grace. Hopefully the weather there will come around soon 💝 I too loving exploring new poetry forms. Hope you have a wonderful day and weekend! 💝
Hi Grace, and thank you for hosting. I really want to try this, but not today. I’m still finishing up that chapter–and crazy weather here, too. We have a tornado watch now till 9 PM. We’re supposed to get some strong thunderstorms. Save me a piece of pie!😀
Saving one slice of blueberry pie Merril. Be safe from the crazy weather specially the tornado. Good luck on your writing.
Thank you, Grace!
Hello Grace and All. Just dropping in long enough to say hi and that I look forward to writing a monotetra. Heading out to an appointment right now and will link up later and ramble along the poetry trail.
Looking forward to reading it! See you along the poetry trail.
Thanks for hosting, Grace. An interesting form indeed! I’ve just returned from visiting an old college friend – glad to be back visiting the pub!
Hi Lillian. Hope you had a good time.
I really enjoyed the prompt today, Grace. I never heard of this poetic form before so it was neat to try it out and get inspired. I am torn between blueberry pie and butter tarts, but I suppose I will try out the butter tarts please! 😀 Always like to try something new.
Me too. Looks like a puzzle to me. Good to see the adventuresome spirit in you Lucy. Butter tarts coming up for you. Thanks for joining us.
Good evening Grace!
Thanks for hosting and introducing a new form. This one was fun, I really like that doubly repeated last line.
I’ll try as small glass of ice wine (something I never heard of before) before heading off to sleep.
Me too, I like that last line for emphasis. Canadian ice wine coming up (its from Niagara vineyard). Have a good night!
Ron Rowland said:
Ice wine for me.
I enjoyed this (new to me) form.
I found myself first writing the last line of each stanza, then filling in the three preceding lines.
Seems a popular choice – Canadian ice wine for you then!
Your writing process is interesting; i start with selecting the word end rhyme first. Enjoyed your take.
Christine Bolton, Poetry for Healing said:
I love your take on the form Grace.
Thanks Christine. Hope you had fun writing this poetry form.
Christine Bolton, Poetry for Healing said:
I certainly did Grace. I live counting syllables and it was my second nature poem today! ☺️🌺
Coffee for me, decaf please so I don’t get too hyper.
Nice prompt – kookaburras sing in monotetra. 😀
Coffee for you then. Looking forward to your monotetra.
Thank you for hosting Grace. My mind isn’t wrapping around this form right now. I am dealing with both a summer cold, and West Coast Olympic viewer’s exhaustion, because the events that attract my interest are in the post midnight, early AM — so my insomnia has been further exacerbated. If I begin feeling my muse stir, I may have a go at a Monotetra. Just woke up at 5:00 PM PDT, prepared for more Olympic watching. My women’s US soccer team plays at 4:00 AM. Go USA! 🇺🇸💪🏼⚽️🙂
It has been an interesting watch for us Canadians too. Hope all will be well.
OK, my muse has inspired a dark one Grace. Oh my… 😕
Interesting format, I was just trying a similar one … so d’Verse is scheduled in about 14 hours, and the other Monday, much thanks Grace!
You are very welcome. Thanks for joining in the fun!
thanks for an interesting prompt Grace!
Hi Grace. What a lovely form. Your verse is delightful.
I think blueberry pie would go very well with the rains outside.
Blueberry pie for you! Thanks for joining us.
Thank you! My pleasure.
Great prompt Grace. I have to go out now, but I’ll visit everyone later. (K)
Thank you and have a good weekend!
Thank you Grace for hosting. This was a challenging and an enjoyable prompt. 🙂