Traditional Mongolian Meter
Steed gallops swiftly across steppes Steered smoothly by steely Mongol Steel stirrups steady deadly shots Steals last, wistful glance at sunset
d’Verse prompt: Traditional Mongolian Meter
At d’Verse, poets were encouraged to try their hands at ‘Traditional Mongolian Meter’, which is:
- written in any number of quatrains.
- syllabic, usually 7 to 8 syllables.
- head rhymed. Technically, head rhyme is just the first consonant of each line matching. However, while still alliterative, with the matched consonant heading the line, it is often seen as the first syllable in each line rhyming with the first syllable of the ensuing lines. Rhyme scheme aaaa bbbb cccc etc. (Remember the rhyme is at the beginning of the line, not the end.)
- alliterated, although alliteration can occur within a couplet and need not be contained within a single line. If true or near rhyme is not present, alliteration of the first word of each line is a must.
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31 thoughts on “Swiftly across steppes, or: Wistful glance at sunset”
I can see the sinister Khan sending his troops across the plains.
💖🙏🏻 Björn 🙏🏻💖
That last line is loaded with sadness.
💕🙏🏻 Gillena 🙏🏻💕
Wow! This is stellar … way to use alliteration ♥️♥️
💝🙏🏻 Helen 🙏🏻💝
Keenly honed. 🙂
😆🙏🏻 CES 🙏🏻😆
💜🙏🏻 Andrew 🙏🏻💜
The sibilance and the ‘ee’ sounds lend speed to your poem, David. I also like the internal rhyme ‘steady deadly’ and the poignant ‘last, wistful glance at sunset’.
💙🙏🏻 Kim 🙏🏻💙 ~ that’s a very careful reading! Thanks 😊