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Double Dactyl
Light verse created by John Hollander and Antony Hecht. Two quatrains, with three dactyl lines followed by one dactyl line with a single accent. The first line-a phrase with no meaning, The second line is the subject of the poem, (usually someone's name), must be double-dactylic. One line of the second stanza must also be entirely one double dactyl word, example "va-le-dic-tor-i-an".

Bibbity Bobbity Christopher Columbus headed east, but instead went west they said. His nautical goal was circumnavigation, but North America stomped that dream dead. Hickory Dickory Marion Morrison crafted a cowboy name to fan his flame. His new handle, John Wayne instantaneously launched him as a star of western film fame. (Double Dactyl) 1/23/2021 Double Dactyl (Win For Paid Membership) Poetry Contest Sponsored by: William Kekaula

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Date: 1/24/2021 1:01:00 PM
this is one of the best examples of this form I have seen. it actually makes SENSE, and I love that about it!!
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Emile Pinet
Date: 1/24/2021 4:39:00 PM
Thanks Andrea, I appreciate that comment even more coming from you my friend, Emile.
Date: 1/23/2021 9:22:00 AM
I see you work well in all poetic forms, Emile. This one gave me a giggle -- very clever! Please check your Soup Mail and respond. Best wishes, Carolyn
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Emile Pinet
Date: 1/24/2021 8:27:00 AM
Thanks so much Carolyn, you honor me my friend, and I will respond to your Soupmail, Emile.