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  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 monotetra is a new poetic form developed by Michael Walker. Each stanza contains four lines in monorhyme. Each line is in tetrameter (four metrical feet) for a total of eight syllables. What makes the monotetra so powerful as a poetic form, is that the last line contains two metrical feet, repeated. It can have as few as one or two stanzas, or as many as desired.

Stanza Structure:

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

Example #1:
Paper Dreams

Her childhood was a world, it seems,
Of paper dolls and paper dreams,
Of blackest night and midnight screams,
And tear's hot streams, and tear's hot streams.

She met him on the Internet,
He slowly gained her trust, and yet,
Past memories were still a threat.
Could she forget? Could she forget?

His words of love stirred feelings deep,
Feelings that long had been asleep,
And love did sweep her off her feet,
No more to weep, no more to weep.

Then one day words were said that he
Misunderstood, he would not see;
Once more she was a refugee
Of love’s debris, of love’s debris.

For, “I can’t love you now,” he spoke,
And with those words her heart he broke,
Her paper dreams, love’s cruelest joke,
Went up in smoke, went up in smoke.

Now all that’s left are black moonbeams,
The ashes of her paper dreams,
And tears that flow in bloody streams,
And silent screams, and silent screams.

Copyright © 2003 Linda Newman

Example #2:
An Angel Spoke To Me Today

An angel spoke to me today
But what she said I cannot say
Though my mind's eye strives to replay
It slips away, it slips away...

I know she came into my room
And lifted me from pain and gloom
To see the beauty of the moon
But gone too soon, but gone too soon...

Her words - they flowed like honey spun
From the rays of the ling'ring sun
And when the whole affair was done
I was at one, I was at one.

An angel spoke to me today
And what she taught I still replay
For all the blacks and browns and grays
Have gone away, have gone away. 

Copyright © 2003 Michael Walker

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