B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – The Lento – August 8, 2015
Hope you’re having a wonderful summer or winter … we’re at the height of either season right now and so, it’s time to move “lento” which in Italian means slowly … but it’s also the name of a poetic form created by Lencio Dominic Rodrigues. Here’s what “Shadow Poetry” has to say about it – (Click the link for all the variations):
A Lento consists of two quatrains with a fixed rhyme scheme of abcb, defe as the second and fourth lines of each stanza must rhyme. To take it a step further, but not required, try rhyming the first and third lines as well as the second and fourth lines of each stanza in this rhyming pattern: abab, cdcd. The fun part of this poem is that as all the FIRST words of each verse should rhyme. There is no fixed syllable structure to the Lento, but keeping a good, flowing rhythm is recommended.
Sounds fun! Let’s see how one of our contributors did with the form, by going to her blog, Wealth of Ruins, where I first read this form – she in turn was introduced to the form by Two Paise Poems:
Belle she was, of Mad Harbor, where
Fell sweet mist with magic power–
Smell of mint, it held off years; town
Well collected clear cups each hour.
But, as young maids grew never old, it
Cut chances for their grizzled beaus.
Shut out, bald seekers of Belle’s fair hand were
Somewhat bitter bachelors, I’d suppose.
© Valida, 2015
Now for more inspiration, to either write a Lento or in alternative a Shadorma (a poetic form consisting of a six-line stanza [a six lined poem – 3/5/3/3/7/5] for a total of 26 syllables) or maybe a combination of the two:
Feel free to write a Shadorma, a Lento, or any combination of the two using the inspiration prompt or perhaps you’ve got something that’s inspiring you along a different line of poetry – like your own art work – as we’ve often said feel free to use it and above all – have fun!
When you have written your poem(s), please TAG them B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond and MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie. Then add your link to the Mister Linky widget below.