Pristine Melancholia | Pantoum Poetry Form

A ghost? A Wraith? Or a Memory? Sad love poem – about longing and waiting, across seasons, in the form of Pantoum poetry form

Hello there!! This blog has been lying dead since November. A discussion about poems in the morning sparked my good old love for formed poetry. Thanks Geetika 😀 So after hours of writing and re-writing and searching for proper rhyming words … it’s ready (You might think  – Is that all you got!!) Tadaaa… my first poem of 2016 – a form called Pantoum. 

Wrapped in pristine melancholia,
she awaits the end of time,
whispering ‘neath a lone Acacia,
long-forgotten vanilla rhyme.

She awaits the end of time,
an apparition of once a bride,
long-forgotten vanilla rhyme 
soars above the ebb of the tide.

An apparition of once a bride
for a thousand years and more,
soars above the ebb of the tide,
they say awaiting a man of yore.

For a thousand years and more
whispering ‘neath a lone Acacia,
they say awaiting a man of yore,
wrapped in pristine melancholia.

photo by Caroline Knopf

Pantoum Poetry Form: Source:  Shadow Poetry

The pantoum consists of a series of quatrains rhyming ABAB in which the second and fourth lines of a quatrain recur as the first and third lines in the succeeding quatrain; each quatrain introduces a new second rhyme as BCBC, CDCD.
The first line of the series recurs as the last line of the closing quatrain, and the third line of the poem recurs as the second line of the closing quatrain, rhyming ZAZA. The design is simple:

Line 1
Line 2
Line 3
Line 4
Line 5 (repeat of line 2)
Line 6
Line 7 (repeat of line 4)
Line 8

Continue with as many stanzas as you wish, but the ending stanza then repeats the second and fourth lines of the previous stanza (as its first and third lines), and also repeats the third line of the first stanza, as its second line, and the first line of the first stanza as its fourth. So the first line of the poem is also the last. Last stanza:

Line 2 of previous stanza
Line 3 of first stanza
Line 4 of previous stanza
Line 1 of first stanza

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Pantoum Poetry form | Sad Love Poem

Don’t Miss out on previous poetry types
Day 1 – A for Acrostic                                       
Day 2 – B for Blitz   
Day 3 – C for CinqTroisDecaLaRhyme                    
Day 4 – D For Diamente  
Day 5 – E for Essence                                       
Day 6 – F for Florette 
Day 7 – G for Ghazal 
Day 8 – H for Haiku 
Day 9 – I for Inverted Refrain 
Day 10 – J for Joseph Star
Day 11 – K for Kyrielle 
Day 12 – L for Lanturne 
Day 13 – M for Minute Poetry
Day 14 – N  for Nove Otto
Day 15 – O for Octelle
Day 16 – P for Palindrome
Day 17 – Q for Quatrain
Day 18 – R for Rictameter 
Day 19 – S for Shape Poetry
Day 20 – T for Trifall   
Day 21 – U for U, yes U
Day 22 – V for Villanelle 
Day 23 – W for Wrapped Refrain
Day 24 – X for X 
Day 25 – Y for Yuefu
Day 26 – Z for ZaniLa Rhyme

7 thoughts on “Pristine Melancholia | Pantoum Poetry Form

  1. My goodness.. Now that's quite a poetry.. You're saying hours and hours, I would take full day to write something like this. And mind you, you should write poem often, coz you do a fantastic job 🙂
    Thanks for the mention Raj..
    I think I ll pick you as my muse and give it another shot 🙂


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