Quintain (Sicilian)

Written in Iambic Pentameter with a rhyme sequence of a.b.a.b.a. This form has been used by many great poets and, like the Tanka, it is a valid and wonderful poetry form in it’s own write. An example that was provided with this description:

And on and on it goes, on through endless time
Never letting go of the person we love.
Two souls always searching for a path sublime
Connected yet apart, always cognizant of
That to others we will always be, a paradigm.

Ryter Roethicle

However, there is a problem with the Iambic Pentameter in this piece. Marie Elena has written a response as her example.
Marie Elena’s reply:


Iambic pentameter has five feet.
(da DUM, da DUM, da DUM, da DUM, da DUM)
Two syllables in each, so ten’s complete.
(da DUM, da DUM, as though upon a drum)
So Ryter Roethicle “done lost his beat”?!

Walt’s Quintain:


I stand before the god’s of love again,
and hope my fate is better than it was.
For things are not the way that they had been;
my heart still breaks the way a good heart does.
To lay a heart to waste is such a sin.