For this week’s Lucky Dip, Sarah has reached into her mystery bag and pulled out an Oddquain. The topic is up to us!
You may be thinking to yourself, What on earth is an Oddquain?
Luckily, Shadow Poetry has an explanation…
Oddquain is a short, usually unrhymed poem consisting of seventeen syllables distributed 1, 3, 5, 7, 1 in five lines, developed by Glenda L. Hand.
- oddquain sequences – poems made up of oddquain stanzas
- crown oddquains – a five stanza oddquain sequence
- reverse oddquains – an oddquain with a reverse syllable pattern of 1-7-5-3-1
- mirror oddquains – a two stanza oddquain sequence of the pattern 1-3-5-7-1 1-7-5-3-1
- oddquain butterflies – a “merged mirror oddquain” where the two stanzas of a mirror oddquain are merged together, one of the middle 1 syllable lines is dropped, resulting in one nine line stanza of the form 1-3-5-7-1-7-5-3-1. Please note that an oddquain butterfly is not an “oddquain” because it doesn’t have five lines, but it is “butterfly” made up of two oddquains that were merged together into one poem.
Wow. This is a lot to take in and a new format for me, though there are several examples in Sarah’s challenge post. I’ll give it a go though.
Reminder guideline to self:
Oddquain is a short, usually unrhymed poem consisting of seventeen syllables distributed 1, 3, 5, 7, 1 in five lines.