Pantoum Poem

Topics: Poetic form, Poetry, Rhyme Pages: 2 (508 words) Published: May 13, 2013
The Structure of a Pantoum Poem
The pantoum is a form of poetry of Malaysian origin from the 15th century which was modified by the French in the 19th century. The modern pantoum is written in an unlimited number of quatrains (stanzas of four lines) with a strict repeating pattern - the second and fourth lines of each quatrain are repeated as the 1st and 3rd lines of the next quatrain. The pattern continues until the final quatrain when the 1st line of the poem becomes the last line and the 3rd line becomes the 2nd line of the final quatrain. While some say the lines should also rhyme, many pantoums have been written that do not. The pattern is easy to follow by using the following template: 1 We are going to take matters into our own hands

2 Our management team sucks
3 Our pathway is nonexistent
4 We should be way more bigger than we are
2 Our management team sucks
5 Taking away from our bucks, cause
4 We should be way more bigger than we are
6 We are no where close to where we should be, by far
5 Taking away from our bucks, cause
7 they do not have it together, their stuff
6 We are no where close to where we should be, by far
8 because they are so unprofessional
7 they do not have it together, their stuff.
3 Our pathway is nonexistent
8 because they are so unprofessional.
1 We are going to take matters into our own hands

As you write each line, copy and paste it into the line where it needs to be repeated. Here's an example of a pantoum, "Patrick, Do Your Homework" in progress: 1 Patrick, do your homework,
2 or go to bed without any dinner.
3 Turn off the radio and do your homework.
4 I'm not going to say it again.
2 or go to bed without any dinner.
5
4 I'm not going to say it again.
6
5
7
6
8
7
3 Turn off the radio and do your homework.
8
1 Patrick, do your homework,
The challenge is to write lines that can stand alone and also mesh together well when repeated. To make the poem more interesting, feel free to...
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