Ted (merovingian) wrote,
Ted
merovingian

When they do the double dactyl, that's them dancing.

The double-dactyl form (also known as Higgledy Pigggledy) requires:
  • Two stanzas, each with three dactyllic dimeters, then a dactyl-plus-half-spondee
  • Gibberish as the first line
  • A proper noun as the second line
  • A single hexasyllabic word as the fifth, sixth or seventh line
  • An eighth line that rhymes with the first

This is clearer if you see some examples. Here are three love poems about a friend's sofa:


~*~

Sample Love Poem
by Ted, age 33

Googily Moogily,
Easy Street Davenport!
Sturdy and purdy and
L-shaped and wise!

If you could dance we could
Davenportmanteaustep!
If you could eat I'd make
Strawberry pies.

~*~

Lingua Amoris

Babelah, Bubbeleh,
Easy Street Sofabed.
Don't doubt the love of the
Furniture nerds.

You still don't know, because
Sofaphonology
Doesn't exist, so I
Must couch my words.

~*~

Bashful

Crackadee, Smackadee
Sofa on Easy Street.
Guarded by ninjas but
Shrouded in sky.

Wish we could date, but the
Hyperbrutality
Native to ninjas just
Makes me too shy.

~*~

If you would like to express your love too, please share. Unless you're trying to woo that sofa too. In that case, back off, gumshoe.

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