The Inverted Refrain, created by Jan Turner, consists of four 6-line stanzas, for a total of 24 lines.
Rhyme scheme per stanza: Lines #1-4 are abab;
Lines #5 and #6, the two inverted refrain lines, can be a,b or b,a.
Meter: 8 syllables in every line.
The first four lines of a stanza create a statement from which the last 2 lines extract the meaning, and invert the way it was said. The last two lines of each stanza, which are the ‘inverted refrain’, are indented as a couplet.
As a variation, the couplets in each stanza can reorganize the information in the previous four lines in a summarized manner, and can add further description.
What fun it is by the seaside
With friends and picnic and lots more
Forget the hectic life outside
We’re here to relax, don’t snore!
As long as you are by my side
I couldn’t ask for anymore
We like to go to the forest
Scent from the foliage tickled me
In the dark, our eyes we adjust
And sometimes they look so eerie
It’s so eerie in the forest
I like it there, it’s so earthly
Sometimes we walk up the mountains
Nothing beats the view from the top
Woodland of firs, pines and aspens
Rolling hills and Alps as backdrop
Great view at the top of mountain
A lifestyle I don’t want to swap
Going on holiday is fun
Cycling, walking and sight seeing
But never going for a run
To a posh place or backpacking
On holidays we can do tons
Swimming, eating, dreaming, laughing
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