Meet the Monotetra
The Monotetra is a modern form developed by New Zealand poet Michael Walker. The form, with its meter and short monorhymed lines, has a singsong quality that lends itself to lighter verse.
Key Features of the Monotetra
Form: consists of any number of four-line stanzas (quatrains)
Rhyme: monorhymed within each stanza
Syllables: four metrical feet (or eight syllables) per line
Ending: the same four syllables are repeated in the final line of each stanza
An Original Monotetra
I Sing the Blues
When all the words I write confuse;
When my weak voice won’t reach the muse,
And life shows me no other hues,
I sing the blues; I sing the blues.
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