POETRY in-FORM-ation: The Strambotto  June 8, 2010 - June 15, 2010

Reading and Deliberating


POETRY in-FORM-ation -- hosted by Raivenne

POETRY in-FORM-ation is a weekly poem challenge to see how far you can stretch your creativity within the confines of a form poem. I didn't want this to be a "course" as everyone writing here will be self-taught and we want to enjoy the results of what you've learned. Some forms will be really easy and others -- um not quite so... Hey this is a CHALLENGE after all. :D

NOTE: Ignore the "Prize". I have to fill that out as it is a requirement of this template, but there are no prizes given. This weekly contest is strictly for the love and challenge of expanding our knowledge of different poetic forms.

Please pay attention to the details of the given form. The point of this challenge is to learn (and to use) the poetic forms given each week. Please do not submit a poem that does not follow the challenge of this week. Any entry not adhering to the given form will be asked to be removed.

THIS WEEK'S FORM: The Strambotto

The Strambotto consists of eight strict hendecasyllable lines (11 syllables). This type of stanza is known as rispetto or ottava rima. There are three types and these are, Strambotto Toscano, Strambotto Siciliano, Strambotto Romagnuolo. It is an early form of Italian poetry often set to music.

Rhyme schemes are:

Toscano - abababcc
Siciliano - abababab
Romagnuolo - ababccdd

Copy & paste link below to see my example of each:

Note: You are not required to combine all three into a poem for this exercise. You can do just one version or any combination therein, but you must indicate which Strambotto/s you are using.

As always have fun!


$0.00, The knowledge gained from conquering a new form!


In Perfect Form! In Perfect Form!



5 Contestants
5 Submissions
Created Jun 8, 2010

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  • Writing may be submitted 6/8/2010 - 6/15/2010
  • Winners will be decided by the Moderator


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