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 Fibonacci sequence poetry is based off the mathematical form known as the Fibonacci sequence, in which the next number is found by adding up the two numbers before it.

0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, ...

Start with 0.
0 + 1 gives you 1 again.
The 2 is found by adding the two numbers before it (1+1)
Similarly, the 3 is just (1+2),
And the 5 is just (2+3),
and so on!

The mathematical Rule is xn = xn-1 + xn-2

The Rule for Fibonacci poetry is fairly simple.  Each line has the number of words that would be next in the Fibonacci Sequence.

Judi's Fibonacci Sequence Teaching Poem:

Starts short.
Lines' word count
Are easily determined by adding
The two previous lines' number of words together.
In theory, you could go on making lines for a very long time, 
But in practice, a few steps along the sequence will probably get your point across clearly, while making math geeks happy!
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Haynaku - Invented by poet Eileen Tabios, 2003

A tercet
A total of 6 words: 1 in the first line, 2 in the second line, and 3 in the third line.
There is no restriction on syllables or stresses or rhymes.

In the 'reverse' haynaku, the longest line is placed first, and the shortest last. The total is still 6 words: 3 in the first line, 2 in the second line, and 1 in the third line.

Judi's Poem of Haynaku Instructions:

Six words -
Rhyme, syllables, unimportant.
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Today, driving home, I saw the sunlight through the frozen branches.  I thought of the Snow Queen, and Kay, and wrote this:

Branches glittter, sunlight catching in her frozen tears.
Winter bitter, eyes half-shut against the glare
Sunlight golden against the blue, like his eyes and hair.
An intake of breath, and icy tree limbs shudder, tremble, under the weight of her displeasure.
A clenching of her fist, and they break and fall,
in crystal pieces shattered, like her heart.
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Five syllables start
Seven syllables come next
Five last, re:  nature
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The Tritina is a structured poem
In which each last word
of the first three lines are repeated.

The way they are repeated
In the ten-line poem
Should give a new twist to each word.

To have the last word
Without lines being repeated
Adds creativity to your poem.

Poem ends with first stanza's three words reused in order, theme repeated.

The Tanka

Jan. 11th, 2010 04:40 pm
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The Tanka is a Japanese form older than Haiku.  It is a five line poem.  The first three are like a standard Haiku, with syllables of 5/7/5.  They describe the object of your love, or an event the pair has shared together.  The final couplet has seven syllables per line, and describes the personal feelings of the poet.

This form was very popular in ancient times, and fell out of use until recently, when Japanese couples have taken to texting one another Tankas, much like many Twitter-ers like sending Haiku.

My tanka to my darling husband:

Eyes of eclipses
Hidden behind glasses.
Shy smile won my heart.
My heart is yours forever
Cherishing yours in return.
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The last week or so of the semester, I've been teaching advanced poetry forms - beyond the acrostic, limerick and rap.

Today's form was the triolet.  As an example, I wrote one to teach how to write one, and so I share.  It was fairly off the cuff, and the kids weren't as impressed with it as I was.

When you write a triolet
It's more than red roses or violets blue.
The rules of the form must be met
When you write a triolet.
Within the form your words are set
The thoughts and emotions from within you.
When you write a triolet
It's more than red roses or violets blue.


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