Syllables are crazy sometimes,

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#1

I’ve started getting back into a hydrid rhythm form again:

6 / 6 / 5 / 6 / 6
13 / 13 / 13 / 13 / 13 / 13 / 13 / 13 / 13 / 13 / 13 / 13 / 13
6 / 6 / 6 / 6 / 6
5 / 7 / 5

That’s minus the rhyming scheme of each form.

Although as you might guess, the 13 syllabic pattern is … kind of a challenge, and sometimes I bend the form a little bit.

Does anyone else find they have to bend the rules a little bit sometimes when writing poetry?

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#2

I’ve long since quit worrying much about strict syllable counts and think more about stresses, which is more natural to the English language. But when I do go full-on metrical it is sometime simply necessary to drop in that extra syllable (well, maybe not necessary but it’s the best way to go) now and again for the sake of everything else in the poem. The poem is what counts, after all.

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#3

Yea I know, especially when it’s something crazy specific, like 2 or 5 syllables at times.

It’s why at times I actually had to do “double” haiku, tanka, Flamenco, or Lai at times.

Not even sure what double Alexandrine Line would be like. By double a line that’s double the standard length, but split in half by an /.

A / A
A / A
B / B
A / A
A / A

And metrically:

6 / 6
6 / 6
5 / 5
6 / 6
6 / 6

Just as an example. Basically a slower Flamenco.