PROMPT: PANTOUM

Today the group explored the poetic form known as Pantoum.

Although it originated in Malaysia in the fifteenth-century as a short folk poem, the modern pantoum is a poem of any length, composed of four-line stanzas in which the second and fourth lines of each stanza serve as the first and third lines of the next stanza. The last line of a pantoum is often the same as the first.

The exercise is to create a pantoum of 3 stanzas:

  • Write six fairly short lines on the same subject (numbered 1-6).
  • To make the first stanza, copy the first 4 lines from your list of 6.
    • line 1
    • line 2
    • line 3
    • line 4
  • The second stanza has the following formula:
    • line 2
    • line 5
    • line 4
    • line 6
  • The third stanza has the following formula:
    • line 5
    • line 3
    • line 6
    • line 1

 

The suggested subject for the exercise was Father’s Day, but you can choose any subject you like.

Have fun and see what you get!

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2 comments

  1. well presented, thank you

    On Mon, Jun 18, 2018 at 5:35 PM, Writers in the Grove wrote:

    > ralphcuellar posted: “Today the group explored the poetic form known as > Pantoum. Although it originated in Malaysia in the fifteenth-century as a > short folk poem, the modern pantoum is a poem of any length, composed of > four-line stanzas in which the second and fourth lines of” >

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