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Invented Poetry Forms:

  bullet   The 7/5 Trochee
  bullet   A L'Arora
  bullet   Alliterisen
  bullet   The Alouette
  bullet   The Blitz Poem
  bullet   The Brevette
  bullet   Cascade
  bullet   Christ-in-a-Rhyme
  bullet   CinqTroisDecaLa
  bullet   Clarity Pyramid
  bullet   Constanza
  bullet   Con-Verse
  bullet   The Compound Word Verse
  bullet   Decuain
  bullet   Diatelle
  bullet   Duo-rhyme
  bullet   Epulaeryu
  bullet   Essence
  bullet   The Florette
  bullet   The Florette #2
  bullet   Grá Reformata
  bullet   Jeffreys Sonnet
  bullet   Joseph's Star
  bullet   Harrisham Rhyme
  bullet   HexSonnetta
  bullet   Inverted Refrain
  bullet   LaCharta
  bullet   LaJemme
  bullet   La'libertas
  bullet   Lannet
  bullet   La'ritmo
  bullet   La’Tuin
  bullet   Lauranelle
  bullet   Lento
  bullet   Licentia Rhyme Form
  bullet   Line Messaging
  bullet   Loop Poetry
  bullet   Mini-monoverse
  bullet   Memento
  bullet   The Mirror Sestet
  bullet   Mirrored Refrain
  bullet   Monchielle
  bullet   Monotetra
  bullet   Musette
  bullet   Nove Otto
  bullet   Octameter
  bullet   Octain Refrain
  bullet   Octelle
  bullet   Oddquain
  bullet   Paradelle
  bullet   Parallelogram de Crystalline
  bullet   The Pictorial
  bullet   Pleiades
  bullet   Puente
  bullet   Quadrilew
  bullet   RemyLa Rhyme Form
  bullet   Rictameter
  bullet   Shadow Sonnet
  bullet   Spirit’s Vessel
  bullet   Staccato
  bullet   Swap Quatrain
  bullet   Synchronicity
  bullet   The Tableau
  bullet   Tri-fall
  bullet   Trijan Refrain
  bullet   Trilonnet
  bullet   Trinet
  bullet   Triquain
  bullet   Triquatrain
  bullet   Triquint
  bullet   Trois-par-Huit
  bullet   Trolaan
  bullet   Vers Beaucoup
  bullet   Villonnet
  bullet   Wrapped Refrain
  bullet   Wrapped Refrain #2
  bullet   ZaniLa Rhyme

The Alouette

The Alouette, created by Jan Turner, consists of two or more stanzas of 6 lines each, with the following set rules:

Meter: 5, 5, 7, 5, 5, 7
Rhyme Scheme: a, a, b, c, c, b

The form name is a French word meaning 'skylark' or larks that fly high, the association to the lark's song being appropriate for the musical quality of this form. The word 'alouette' can also mean a children's song (usually sung in a group), and although this poetry form is not necessarily for children's poetry (but can be applied that way), it is reminiscent of that style of short lines. Preference for the meter accent is on the third syllable of each line (please see examples below).

Example #1:
Spring Eternal

See pink parasols
blown against the walls...
pleated pinwheels turning ‘round.
In the springtime breeze
fragrant floras tease
as new bulbs pop from the ground.

Cherry blossoms fall...
petals from the tall
tree that stands on Potters Lane.
There’s a wishing well
where I sit a spell
and I prop my wooden cane.

Though the autumn years
of my life bring tears
for old friends who now are gone,
my heart’s here in spring
where the robins sing
in these early hours of dawn.

I am in the pink
as I sit and think
underneath Yashino’s shade,
for I feel them near...
ones who were so dear,
who now in the ground are laid.

See the world renew!
See the heavens brew
up a palette full of joy;
someone’s swinging now
underneath that bough...
just a happy little boy!

Copyright © 2009 Jan Turner

Example #2:
The Senses of Spring

Hear  the seeded breeze
Blowing through the trees
As it searches fertile ground ...
In the coming weeks
Shoots of daisies peak
As they take a look around.

See  the daffodils
Dressing up the hills
With a splash of yellow sun ...
Brilliant tulips paint
As the bluebells faint
With their drooping meadow run.

Smell  the heaven scent
That the roses vent
As they climb up to your door ...
While the jasmine pose
 Perfume for your nose
 Blending with the sycamore.

Taste  the herbal blend
Of the plants that spend
All their energies to groom ...
Cooking in the sun
‘Till your dinner’s done
When they make your platter bloom.

Touch  the purple suede
Of the pansy shade
As it brushes through your toes ...
Feel the dewy drops
On the hollyhocks
As they’re drinking from your hose.

Copyright © 2006 Jan Turner
SP Quill Magazine Spring 2006, Vol. #10

Example #3:
A Summer Alouette

Summer, are you near?
Look and find me here
waiting in my dreary room
as the April rain
pounds my window pane.
Summer, come dispel my gloom.

Summer, get here soon.
I can't wait for June.
Bring your stars and moon to me.
Lengthen out your days
touched by golden rays.
Come and then. . . stay endlessly!

Copyright © 2009 Andrea Ditrich

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