Read Me A Story

Written for:  Poetic Bloomings2 – InForm:  “Staccato”

The Staccato, is a poetic form that consists of two or more 6-line stanzas.

Rhyme scheme: a,a,b,b,c,c

*Required internal rhyme scheme interplay between line #1 and line #2 (see below explanation and examples).

Meter: 10, 10, 8, 8, 10, 10

Repeats: This form requires a 2-syllable repeat in Lines #3 and #6 as specified below.

As in a musical notation, the Staccato poetry form uses short repeats which disrupt the poem’s continuity. The repeat words are read as rapid-fire speech, much like staccato music when played or sung.

The emphatic two-syllable repeat in this poetry form is written twice, consecutively, at the beginning of Line #3 (each repeat in Line #3 is followed by an exclamation mark), and once again at the beginning of Line #6 (with or without an exclamation mark in Line #6). Please see below poem examples.

Also, Line #2 requires an internal rhyme scheme that rhymes with a word within Line #1, usually falling on the 6th syllable (see examples below), but can fall earlier in those two lines as long as the internal rhyme matches the syllabic stress in both lines.

Read me a story, Daddy, you know which
one, The Princess and the Pea; there’s no witch.
Story! Story! Please read to me.
It’s not long like other stories.
Wait a minute, Daddy. You changed the words.
Don’t laugh! Don’t laugh! This has a pea, not birds.

Tomorrow night, read me The Nightingale
with light on to see pictures of the tale.
Sing Bird! Sing Bird! The emperor is ill.
You can save him with your trill.
I love night-time stories, even with changed words.
Endings! Endings! Princess, peas, and birds.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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