The Pantun is a poem of two halves almost unrelated. The first half, the pembayan (shadow) sets the rhythm and rhyme of the whole poem, and the second half, the maksud (meaning) delivers the message. The form has been referred to as a riddle. These poems were to be exchanged between individuals, not recited to an audience. The Pantun is
So, there's your challenge for the week. I hope you'll join me in writing a pantun. Please share a link to your poem or the poem itself in the comments.
- most often a poem in a single quatrain made up of two complete couplets.
- syllabic, all lines are of the same length, lines are written in 8 to 12 syllables each.
- rhymed, rhyme scheme abab.
- written in two complete couplets.