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For this weekend's form challenge, I have selected the Florette, a form created by Jan Turner, for its delicacy of rhyme and meter. Like the outgrowing of a small flower, the fourth line of each stanza is longer, and enwraps the previous lines. Line 4 requires an internal rhyme scheme that rhymes the eighth syllable with the end of line 3, and continues to add on four syllables more than the other lines so that the fourth line ends rhyming with lines 1 and 2.
I first read an example of this form written by an on-line poet, Karin Anderson, on Poetfreak.com. View her poem HERE. I have attempted this form once before, in a poem entitled Photostream.
In the simplest terms, a single stanza is laid out as follows:
Rhyme scheme: a, a, b, a
Meter (syllable count): 8, 8, 8, 12
Fourth line requirement of internal (b) rhyme scheme, on syllable 8.
The completed poem should consist of two or more stanzas.
I hope you will have some fun wrapping your mind around this little flower of form. The Sunday Challenge is posted on Saturday at noon CST to allow extra time for the creative process.
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