An easy, step-by-step guide on how to begin your pantoum. I love the simplicity of this article and the way they walk you through what COULD become a difficult form.
A pantoum poem looks like it is a difficult format to follow, but in reality it is just a lot of fun. You follow a recurring outline. The pantoum uses four line stanzas. You repeat lines throughout the poem. Lines 2 and 4 of a stanza then become lines 1 and 3 of the next. By using this structure you give the poem its cadenced quality. Follow the instructions below.
1. Write a four-line stanza. Use your imagination; try to make the lines emotional. Just like with any other poem let the words take over.
2. Lines 2 and 4 of stanza 1 now become lines 1 and 3 of the next stanza.
3. Creating lines 2 and 4 so that connect lines 1 and 3.
4. Repeat the outline. Lines 2 and 4 of the second stanza become 1 and 3 of the third. Repeat this until you have…
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