Alexandrine – Learning New Forms

You know that saying – less is more? Well, the Alexandrine form is one of those opportunities that really forces you to embrace that concept.

In English, a 12-syllable iambic line adapted from French heroic verse. The last line of each stanza in Thomas Hardy’s “The Convergence of the Twain” and Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “To a Skylark” is an alexandrine.

– The Poetry Foundation


– You get 1 line – 12 syllables. That’s it.

We’re so not worried about the iambic part of it right now. Let’s see what you can do with just twelve syllables!

Let’s have an example:

A wall of white appeared and I was not afraid.

Now that’s a complete lie. I saw the pictures from Buffalo, and if I had been there with that giant wall of snow bearing down on me…I’d have been very, very afraid. Don’t lie. You would’ve, too.

Remember, this isn’t a prompt, but a chance to try something new. You can leave them in the comments below or post them on your blog and link back to us. The point is to have fun!

Acrostic – Learning New Forms

Don’t think of this as another prompt. Instead, let’s look at it as a bit of a challenge…an exciting way to learn something new!

Have you ever tried an acrostic?

Acrostic poetry is a form of short verse and constructed by a placing capitalized word or phrase vertically down the page to form the initial letters of each line of poetry. Each line is used to relate to the word, or praise the subject…

Autonomous Poetry


– May use one word or a phrase (placed vertically down the page)
– One letter per line (letter must be capitalized)
– Each line of poetry must begin with the letter on that line and must relate to the word or phrase
– Does not have to rhyme

Let’s have an example:

Pouring out our words
Onto scraps of space
Etching out a place
To leave the legacy of our names
Reaching for that far flung goal
Yearning to be read

So let me see some of your acrostics! You can leave them in the comments below or post them on your blog and link back to us. Have fun with this one!