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A Sontina?: Prompt

Yes, a sontina. It is a form of poetry that I invented. As far as I know, the poem I posted on my blog today, Xarpo, is the only sontina in existence.


A sontina is a mix of a sonnet and a sestina!


Here are the rules so you can try a sontina (which spellcheck keeps changing to fontina). Write lots of them, send them out into the world, and let's get the sontina ball rolling!


Format: 14 lines in 3 stanzas (a sonnet's 14 lines and a sestina's use of stanzas)


End words: the first 2 stanzas follow the repetition rules of sestinas

Stanza 1: EW1

EW2

EW3

EW4

EW5

EW6


Stanza 2: EW6

EW1

EW5

EW2

EW3

EW4


Meter: 10 syllables per line for the first two stanzas (this is the least of the rules)


Couplet: a rhymed couplet, like a sonnet, that uses all 6 end words in any order, like a sestina


Please use Xarpo as a guide, along with these instructions.


Have fun and send me what you come up with!



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