Albert's Poetry Cafe ~ Poet Craft: Form ~ "The Dorsimbra" with Salvatore Buttaci March 13, 2009 - April 4, 2009
Poet Craft: The Dorsimbra
This form was created by people associated with Sols Magazine: Eve Braden, Frieda Dorris and Robert Simonton.
The form is a set of three quatrains (three stanzas of four lines each):
# 1 quatrain: four lines iambic pentameter rhymed abab. Remember that iambic pentameter means unstressed syllable followed by stressed syllable with ten syllables in total for each of the four lines)
# 2 quatrain: short and snappy free verse (no end rhymes)
# 3 quatrain: blank verse (which means unrhymed iambic pentameter).
Line # 12 is the same as Line # 1.
The creators of this form suggest the use of enjambment (running of a thought from one line to the next), internal rhymes, and near-rhymes to bind the three stanzas.
Here is my example:
SO FEW WHO DREAM
(A Dorsimbra Poem)
Its something to think about: Dreams come true,
While some insist the best-laid plans of men
And women go awry. There are so few
Who dream, then live the deed, and dream again.
Not the night dreaming
Thats just so much brain play
Or indigestion: nonsensical romps
In gray forests or unknown city streets.
Courageous people never put down dreams
That others claim are far beyond their reach.
Instead, they stretch themselves beyond their grasp.
Its something to think about: Dreams come true.
Gold, Silver & Bronze
Created Mar 13, 2009