POETRY in-FORM-ation: The Swap Quatrain  May 26, 2010 - June 7, 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. 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 weekly 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 Swap Quatrain

Within the Swap Quatrain each stanza in the poem must be a quatrain (four lines), and where the first line is reversed in the fourth line. In addition, line 2 must rhyme with line 1, and line 3 must rhyme with line 4 and so on, BUT does not repeat the same rhyming pattern on subsequent stanzas.

Rhyming pattern: AABB, CCDD, and so on.

Example 1: I Sit and Bask

I find my running to and fro
My mind so stuck in the gear of “Go!
On a day warm when I should be sunning
To and from I find myself running

The sun feels fine upon my face
The scents of flowers float in space
I slow to stroll this garden of mine
Upon my face the sun feels fine

I sit and bask this warm spring day
Simply whiling these hours away
For to think is too heavy a task
This warm spring day I sit and bask

Example 2: Upon The Sea


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


In Perfect Form! In Perfect Form!



12 Contestants
15 Submissions
Created May 26, 2010

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  • Only Poetry can be Submitted
  • All Genres of Writing can be Submitted
  • Each Contestant May Submit 2 Pieces of Writing
  • Writing may be submitted 5/26/2010 - 6/7/2010
  • Winners will be decided by the Moderator


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