Poetry Form: Sparrowlet

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The Sparrowlet is an invented stanzaic form created by Kathrine Sparrow that she calls a variation of the Swap Quatrain. The defining feature is the inversion of the 2 hemistichs of L1 in L6 of each stanza.

The elements of the Sparrowlet are:

  • stanzaic, written in any number of sixains.  (A stanza of 6 lines).
  • syllabic, lines of 8 syllables each. (Often written in iambic tetrameter.)
  • rhymed, rhyme scheme BbabaA.
  • L1 and L6 of each stanza is written in 2 hemistichs. (Hemistich means a half a line of a verse).
  • The 2 halves of L1 are inverted and repeated as a refrain in L6. The last line MUST be the EXACT SAME as line 1, just switched around. You cannot change any of the words. (Punctuation may be changed to accommodate the meaning).

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***Spoiler: I didn’t do this correctly with the first and last lines! It is already “published” so I will have to redo them and repost.

These are the New Ones:

Darkness ascend, sadness in bloom
Joy and happiness fear the doom
A broken heart that cannot mend
Sunny shades of glory may loom
In hugs and kiss from a close friend
Sadness in bloom, darkness ascend

Seeds sprout gold under the light
Spores of pollen soon take flight
Take in water with leaves to hold
No winter weather to fear a bite
Sun keeps away any air cold
Under the light seeds sprout gold

©2022 CBialczak Poetry

This is my attempt at a Sparrowlet. The first one is sort of sad so I will try another that is not so dismal.

When darkness comes, sadness in bloom
Joy and happiness fear the doom
A broken heart that cannot mend
Sunny shades of glory may loom
In hugs and kiss from a close friend
comfort despair until the end

Here is a “sunnier” attempt, inspired by seeds I planted.

Small seeds sprout tall under the light
Tiny spores of pollen take flight
Take in water with leaves to hold
No winter weather fear a bite
Sun keeps away any air cold
Flowers in bloom with colors bold

©2022 CBialczak Poetry

13 thoughts on “Poetry Form: Sparrowlet

  1. Sadness in bloom is a broken heart. I really like the new sparrowlet and could see the pattern specially in Lines 1 and 6. The second stanza is hopeful with:
    Under the light seeds sprout gold. Thanks for joining in, Christine!

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      1. Hi!

        My first name is David. The word ‘ben’ means ‘son of’ in Hebrew. My father’s name was ‘Alexander’. I created this blog in his memory. It’s a bit confusing, I know… Sorry!

        🧡
        David

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