Monday, August 31, 2015

Monday Poetry Stretch - Lai

The Lai is a French syllabic verse form consisting of one or more stanza of nine lines with two rhymes, though the rhyme can vary from stanza to stanza. Here are features of the form.
  • 9 lines.
  • Rhyme scheme is a-a-b-a-a-b-a-a-b.
  • Lines ending with rhyme a are five syllables in length.
  • Lines ending with rhyme b are two syllables in length.
You can read more about this form and its variants at Poetry Form - The Lai. You can read an example at The Poet's Garret.

So, the challenge for the week is to write a lai. Won't you join us? Please share a link to your poem or the poem itself in the comments.


  1. Yeah, I love reading about Human Heart. And also you can read in Perbedaan Cerpen Kontemporer in my site.

  2. Um, at least it's a challenge. Yikes.


    Lamar met a girl,
    his head in a whirl.
    So shy!
    He loved every curl,
    each ruffle and furl.
    Please try!
    He asked her to twirl,
    they danced with a swirl.
    Oh my!

    —Kate Coombs, 2015