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obi_have
April 25th, 2012, 09:17 PM
On another site we play a game called "The Irish Drinking Song" similar to the Limerick thread we have here, taking turns adding a line until we end up with a (usually) funny result. I'm not sure what you call the form of this type of verse but it goes like:

4 iambs (A rhyme)
3 iambs (B rhyme)
4 iambs (A rhyme)
3 iambs (B rhyme)

4 iambs (C rhyme)
3 iambs (D rhyme)
4 iambs (C rhyme)
3 iambs (D rhyme)

It is similar to the tune of "McNamara's Band" as sung by Bing Crosby. Does anyone know what you call this form? I've been searching for a name all morning and come up empty.

Meego
May 2nd, 2012, 12:59 PM
It kind of sounds like a Sonnet... I am not an expert or anything but when I looked it up, this is what I found...

How to Write a Sonnet: 9 steps - wikiHow (http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Sonnet)

Bloggsworth
May 2nd, 2012, 03:58 PM
It kind of sounds like a Sonnet... I am not an expert or anything but when I looked it up, this is what I found...

How to Write a Sonnet: 9 steps - wikiHow (http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Sonnet)

Hate to disabuse you Meego, but a sonnet it ain't. There are several types of classical sonnet; Spenserian (ababbcbc/cdcdee), Shakespearean (ababcdcd/efefgg), Petrachan (abbaabba/cdecde); all of which are 14 lines in iambic pentameter with various rhyme schemes, and in theory, if not in practice, the last 4 or 6 lines should contain a turn. These are the three main types, though there is also the Scicilian, and indeed Wordsworth used his own variation. Nowadays the sonnet has been dommed down to any poem with 14 lines...

Meego
May 2nd, 2012, 10:50 PM
Hate to disabuse you Meego, but a sonnet it ain't. There are several types of classical sonnet; Spenserian (ababbcbc/cdcdee), Shakespearean (ababcdcd/efefgg), Petrachan (abbaabba/cdecde); all of which are 14 lines in iambic pentameter with various rhyme schemes, and in theory, if not in practice, the last 4 or 6 lines should contain a turn. These are the three main types, though there is also the Scicilian, and indeed Wordsworth used his own variation. Nowadays the sonnet has been dommed down to any poem with 14 lines...

You shouldn't hate to disabuse me. If I am wrong I would love to know it! :) It's just what it had reminded me of but if I am wrong it's good that I know and also that Obi (poster) knows I am wrong. Thanks for the correction! Since you didn't post what it is, I am assuming that you are also stumped on the type?

Bloggsworth
May 2nd, 2012, 10:53 PM
Have a wander round in here http://www.volecentral.co.uk/vf/ (http://www.volecentral.co.uk/vf/) you will probably find it...