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Alwye
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0 posted 08-22-99 03:36 PM       View Profile for Alwye   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alwye

I have noticed that lately quite a few of these "Pantoum" style poems have been showing up. I find myself enjoying this style emmensly and I was wondering if anyone here could break it down for me so I could attempt one of my own. Any help, either posted here or sent to me by E-mail would be much appreciated. Thank you very much!!!

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*Krista Knutson*

"If I could be an angel, I'd make your every wish come true. But I am only human, just a woman lovin' you..." Trisha Yearwood

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Alwye...
I'm really pleased that you and others are showing some interest in structured poetry. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at any time.....

A Pantoum


...is a poem consisting of six stanzas
Each stanza is a quatrain which contains repetitions in lines from the previous stanza. Repetitons are as follows:
a1-b1-a2-b2
b1-c1-b2-c2
c1-d1-c2-d2
d1-e1-d2-e2
e1-f1-e2-f2
f1-a2-f2-a1

Use a specific meter (your choice) and you will have a pantoum.
There are discrepencies as to whether the repeated lines can contain very slight variations in content - but they must repeat with the same basic message and the same final word.

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Thank you very much Nan!! I am pretty sure that I understand...I'll give it a try!! Thanks again!! I'll be sure to E-mail you if I have any questions or problems.

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*Krista Knutson*

"If I could be an angel, I'd make your every wish come true. But I am only human, just a woman lovin' you..." Trisha Yearwood

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I've successfully (I think) completed my first Pantoum, called "Love's Garden". Thank you for the directions once again, Nan!

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*Krista Knutson*

I see the world through the loving eyes of my heart, and suffer the pain of unfulfilled visions. -- Daniel L. Miller


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4 posted 08-23-99 07:32 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

I'll be very happy to check it out for you
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5 posted 08-23-99 02:02 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

So, let's see if airhead701 (me) has got this straight:

Pantoums have 6 stanzas, your choice of meter, and repetition? I'm a little confused, so correct me if I am wrong. Does it have to be done like Alwye did it, with the next stanza starting with the last line of the previous one?

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*Elizabeth*

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But with autumn leaf she perish'd, long time ago..."
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Elizabeth
The meter may be one of your own choosing, but the repetition has to be as I have stated above. Remember, there are two schools of thought on the repetition - some say it should be verbatim - others say there can be some very slight variation in words for progression of the theme...... Let's see more, folks....
 
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