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The Eclectic Pen - Fun with Double Dactyls

By: Paul H. (nessus19) - ,   + 43 more  
Date Submitted: 3/22/2007
Genre: Literature & Fiction » Poetry
Words: 169

  First, an introduction for those unfamilar with this wonderful verse form...

The double-dactyl is a short verse form invented by the American poets Anthony Hecht and John Hollander in 1966. The poem consists of one sentence containing forty-four syllables that are distributed over eight lines and fall into two four-line stanzas. The first three lines of each stanza are dactylic dimeter; the last one is a choriamb. The two stanzas end with a masculine rhyme on the last syllable of the choriamb. The final feature of the form is found in line six of the poem: a single, six-syllable word which is a double-dactyl.
Source: Wikipedia

Here are two examples I came up with while waiting for a flight this morning...

Rudolph G., Golly Gee
President wanna-be
Runs for an office he think he can hold
But months from now, holy cow
Pulls up his stakes so his tent he can fold.

Albert Gore on the Floor
Testifies center stage
“Cool the earth, now!” he stridently hollers
As passive politicos
All start to wonder why
They’re getting hot under collective collars.

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Jessica J. (RadioBrainAutoPoesy) - 3/22/2007 9:07 PM ET
IONE L. (zaneygraylady) - 3/22/2007 9:22 PM ET
cool but alot harder than haiku
Marta J. (booksnob) - 3/22/2007 10:36 PM ET
Maggie M. - 3/31/2007 2:33 AM ET
WOO! Talk about wrestling with a form! Great, funny stuff and well done.
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