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Adding New Forms of Poetry: Our Policy

Blog Posted:6/22/2021 2:17:00 PM

We regularly receive requests to add new forms of poetry to PoetrySoup. Typically, these are forms recently created by our wonderful members. It is so good to see the creativity of our Soupers and we encourage you to keep it up. 

PoetrySoup's policy for adding new forms of poetry is fairly simple. We only add new poetry forms after they become widely accepted. Usually, this includes the new form being in The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics or having a Wikipedia page.

If you know of a new form that is not on PoetrySoup and you want it added, please email us with the Wikipedia page that describes the form. Thanks.

[addendum] Years ago, we used to add member forms but we started receiving too many requests and some of the suggested forms were just variations of an existing form, so we stopped allowing new forms. You'll still see those forms in our list. We didn't remove them.

If you've created a new form of poetry, please write an article about it. https://www.poetrysoup.com/member_area/articles/

 



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Date: 6/27/2021 1:36:00 PM
Re-Bonjour, Team PS ! Greetings from Paris! I've been trying to expand on the "Vingt-Vers Contenu" form definition: how might I go about it, please? Every good wish and thanks. T. Wignesan
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Date: 6/26/2021 5:11:00 AM
Is 'Country Urban Poetry' a new form?
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Date: 6/24/2021 10:02:00 AM
Thank you for the information Team Poetrysoup... ~ Ani
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Date: 6/23/2021 8:08:00 PM
Encouraging new poets, new forms of poetry... always makes the poetrysoup... Delicious
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Date: 6/23/2021 11:56:00 AM
Many thanks for adding "Other" to the Forms thread.
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Date: 6/23/2021 10:09:00 AM
Interestingly, if you click on 'Poems' at the top of the page this is the first sentence: Search over 1 million types of poems by form, occasion, word, theme, and more. WOW!
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Date: 6/23/2021 9:34:00 AM
Thank you for the information!
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Date: 6/23/2021 8:04:00 AM
Thank you!
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Date: 6/23/2021 6:14:00 AM
TPS, WOW, I found the category of other under O "Other - Poems | Definition the Types of Forms Section" and that is great and will be very useful, thank you so much for that, peace _Constance
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Date: 6/23/2021 12:11:00 AM
Lastly, it is a good idea to showcase one's new poetic form in an article (as mentioned here), but it gets lost in the traffic of other items posted. An example of this is the article that I wrote some time ago regarding my new sonnet form (no, it is not merely a 'gadget' form), Suzette Sonnet. If we could get a page solely dedicated to new poetic forms, it would be great boost. Thank you. BTW Wikipedia requires one to site external links to varify information and if PoetrySoup could be that source, it would be a great help to get the recognition one desires.
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Suzette Richards
Date: 6/23/2021 7:45:00 AM
Thank you
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Date: 6/23/2021 6:16:00 AM
A page dedicated to new forms sounds like a good idea. We'll see what we can do.
Date: 6/22/2021 11:59:00 PM
On the subjects of poetic forms: I have written to you some time ago, pointing out that the jueju form is not described well under your list of poetic forms and that the example listed is not accurate. I have researched it and the information plus an example of my interpretation can be found under my poem "Dawn song". How do we go about pointing out inconsistencies or errors on forms you already list here?
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Date: 6/22/2021 11:29:00 PM
I don't know whether anyone here has tried it, but it is a devil of a job to get any information posted on Wikipedia (which is not always accurate and calls for varifications). Might it not be an idea for PoetrySoup to have an open page where members may list their created forms and variations of existing forms? Other members might try it out and it could be a source for contests (it is always a challenge to find something new and interesting). The upside would be much needed exposure for PoetrySoup. In other words, an OTHER that is extended with a drop-down menu where one could list the form not listed here, for example, Cento.
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Date: 6/22/2021 5:38:00 PM
We've also added "pleiades" and "shadorma."
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Edward Ibeh
Date: 6/23/2021 1:22:00 PM
Could you please add "Yalto" as well? It's a poetry form I invented. I've submitted an article explaining it in detail. Thank you.
Date: 6/22/2021 5:23:00 PM
BTW, we've already added "other" as a category.
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John Anderson
Date: 6/22/2021 5:34:00 PM
Thanks, Just so people know the update and process: Other Definition If you have created a form of poetry or PoetrySoup simply has not listed the form, choose this and type the form of poetry in the keywords section.
Date: 6/22/2021 5:16:00 PM
That is an extremely hard ask as Wiki only lists 9 forms. Surely it would be appropriate to add a form category - OTHER - so that writers can use it when they want to use a new form.
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Date: 6/22/2021 5:28:00 PM
Do a search for other forms. There are scores of them not listed on the "poems" wiki page.
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John Anderson
Date: 6/22/2021 5:26:00 PM
my wiki - 3 Forms 3.1 Sonnet 3.2 Shi 3.3 Villanelle 3.4 Limerick 3.5 Tanka 3.6 Haiku 3.7 Khlong 3.8 Ode 3.9 Ghazal
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Date: 6/22/2021 5:23:00 PM
We've already added "other" as a category.
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Date: 6/22/2021 5:21:00 PM
Oh, Wikipedia lists considerably more than nine forms. Nevertheless, if it becomes widely accepted, we'll add it even if not on Wikipedia.
Date: 6/22/2021 3:47:00 PM
"Footle" doesn't appear on both websites.
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Date: 6/22/2021 5:07:00 PM
See our addendum above.
Date: 6/22/2021 2:47:00 PM
Hmm, I don't see etheree in either of those places and I am sure it's a form you let us choose from. I wonder what the trick is to getting a form listed by the two places you showed here.
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Date: 6/22/2021 2:45:00 PM
It must be nice to get one's forms into either of those two places. I even looked up Etheree by Wikipedia and could not see it. Will try Princeton now.
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Date: 6/22/2021 3:14:00 PM
We used to add member forms but we started receiving too many requests and some were just variations of an existing form, so we stopped allowing new forms until it becomes popular. You'll still see those forms in our list. We didn't remove them.

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