Fae folk travel,
Long cold rambles,
Deep in brambles.
Feed some hungry
For those into poetry forms:
A Pathya Vat is a form of poetry originating in Cambodia. It can be of any length, but each verse is organized into 4 lines, each line having 4 syllables, with the middle two lines rhyming. In subsequent verses, the middle lines rhyme with the last line of the previous verse. My Pathya Vat is two verses, rhyming ABBC | DCCE.
The rhythm of my poem is the reverse of iambic rhythm, which is called trochee rhythm. The rhythm is stressed (or accented), unstressed (or unaccented), stressed, unstressed. Iambic would be unstressed, stressed, unstressed stressed. A 4 syllable line is called dimeter, because it has two “feet.” A foot is a grouping of two syllables. Iambic pentameter has 10 syllables (or 5 feet), with careful attention paid to the rhythm of the accents in the words, arranged unstressed, stressed, alternating.
Copyright 2013 Brenda Davis Harsham
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