S is for Staccato


The Staccato, created by Jan Turner, consists of two or more 6-line stanzas.

Rhyme scheme: a,a,b,b,c,c
*Required internal rhyme scheme interplay between line #1 and line #2 (see below explanation and examples).

Meter: 10, 10, 8, 8, 10, 10

Repeats: This form requires a 2-syllable repeat in Lines #3 and #6 as specified below.

As in a musical notation, The Staccato poetry form uses short repeats which are abruptly disconnected elements. The repeat words are read as rapid-fire speech, such as staccato music when played or sung. This form lends itself to strong emotion or instruction (i.e. military poems: “Charge on! Charge on!” etc.), a declaration (such as of an event: “We’re married! We’re married!” etc.), an instruction or emphasis of human emotion (such as love, hate, longing: “Be mine! Be mine!” etc.), strong observation (such as “Those eyes! Those eyes!” etc.) or any similar situation where a strong staccato repeat is desired.

The emphatic two-syllable repeat in this poetry form is written twice, consecutively, at the beginning of Line #3 (each repeat in Line #3 is followed by an exclamation mark), and once again at the beginning of Line #6 (with or without an exclamation mark in Line #6).

Also, Line #2 requires an internal rhyme scheme that rhymes with a word within Line #1, usually falling on the 6th syllable, but can fall earlier in those two lines as long as the internal rhyme matches the syllabic stress in both lines.

Skinamarinky Dinky Dink So
Just as the stars twinkle and the wind blows
Get up! Get up! For the new day
The birds sing and the trees just sway
Don’t be so senseless and staggering
Get up for the beauty’s worth capturing

Skinamarinky such a silly word
Come on, don’t be grumpy, don’t be absurd
Light up! Light up! Life is too short
I’ll make you a strawberry torte
We can cycle to the park and see friends
Light up, we’ll go to the party at Glenn’s

(c) ladyleemanila 2019

For: Skinamarinky Dinky Dink, Senseless and staggering,  Your Schedule Going Forward #atozchallenge ,   happy 22nd day of Na/GloPoWriMo


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