Chanting occurs in many instances. Doubtless, there was chanting going on last Sunday, February 3rd at the Super Bowl. And once a victor was declared, facebook lit up with the chant: winner, winner, chicken dinner!
I learned about chant poetry from Writerâ€™s Digest poetry columnist, Robert Lee Brewer. It was a pretty slick and easy method of creating a poem.Â Â Here's an example that I wrote last year for Poetic Asides, Brewer's column on poetry.
However, as I investigated further, I didnâ€™t find much information that was uniform and explicit in providing direction for this form. Until I happened upon a French offering, the Chant Royal. Itâ€™s a formidable poetic structure, which Iâ€™ll detail in a couple paragraphs.
I decided to use this lengthy formatâ€”itâ€™s 60 lines longâ€”because last monthâ€™s form, glossa, turned out to be much more arduous than I first implied in Januaryâ€™s column, but not to be daunted, many Mindful Poetry members took on the longer version and wrote some memorable glossas. In other words, you rose to the challenge.
I think youâ€™ll shine with this form, too. Because many of you donâ€™t have the time or inclination, we are also accepting and encouraging chant poetry in its abbreviated state, too. Here are the two forms elaborated; you chose which one youâ€™d like to try first.
- Any number of stanzas
- Any number of lines in each stanza, but consistent throughout poem
- Each stanza contains the same repeating line in the same position throughout poem
Chant Royal from Patterns of Poetry An Encyclopedia of Forms by Miller Williams
- Sixty lines long
- Divided into five stanzas of eleven lines each
- Plus a five-line envoy
- Lines are of any (but equal) length
- And accentual
- Rhyme pattern for longer stanzas: a-b-c-b-e-c-d-d-e-d-E
- Rhyme pattern for envoy: d-d-e-d-E
- No rhyme-word may be repeated as a rhyme-word throughout the poem
- The last line of every stanza is identical
Our glossas of last month surprised me. If you read the column early in the month, you might not be aware of an addition I made on January 15th. One of the commenters rightly pointed out that I did not provide guidelines for glossa poetry as it was originally created.
So I researched with more depth, found the prototype for glossas, and amended Januaryâ€™s column to reflect my deeper understanding of that wonderful form.
Many tried the form both as Iâ€™d first described and as itâ€™s also described online. Many also steadied themselves and tried the lengthier version which left me in happy awe at their results.
A special announcement: Mindful Poetry member, Irina Demitric wrote a Fibonacci poem and submitted it to a regional online magazine. They accepted it and published it! Please take a minute to read her patriotic piece.
Go forth and write your Chant poetry! Tag with â€œchantâ€ and any other tags youâ€™d like. Tagging with the form always helps me out as I accept or decline submissions.
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