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Poetry in practice

Try something different to give your poetry submissions a lift, suggests Doris Corti

Are you trying to get your poetry published? Perhaps you have had a series of rejections? Take heart and send some poems written in unusual forms. These might intrigue an editor who could decide that they are something different to go into a magazine.

One form that is not often used nowadays is called the kyrielle. This is a French form dating from the Middle Ages. It may be written in couplets or quatrain stanzas, but because it carries a refrain in the last line of each stanza it is difficult to write convincingly in couplets. The refrain may be a whole line, a single word or a phrase. Each line has eight syllables, usually written in iambic pentameter. If it is written in couplets it should rhyme a A a A throughout (A being the repeated line or word). If written in quatrains the rhyme pattern is a a B B c c b B etc or, a b a B c b c B etc. An example of a quatrain following the rhyme pattern is:

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