#TheWombwellRainbow #PoeticFormsChallenge. It is weekly. Week Twenty form is a #masnavi (or mathnawi. I will post the challenge to create a first draft of a poetic form by the following late Sunday. Please email your first draft to me, including an updated short, third person bio and a short prose piece about the challenges you faced and how you overcame them. Except when I’m working at the supermarket I am always ready to help those that get stuck. I will blog my progress throughout the week. Hopefully it may help the stumped. Also below please find links to helpful websites.

the masnavi or mathnawi,

The guidelines:

Couplet (or two-line) form…
…but with the qualifier that each “line” is actually a “half-line” and that they rhyme horizontally
Each line is 10 or 11 syllables long (I believe it’s supposed to be consistent within the poem, so pick a number and stick with it)
Rhyme scheme is aa/bb/cc/dd and so on
No line length restrictions

Many examples of masnavi are very long poems. One of the more popular examples is Rumi’s Masnavi-ye-Ma’navi, which is a long spiritual or mystical poem.

Thankyou to the Writers Digest for this information.

Helpful Links



Masnavi Poem Type

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