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On Poetic Forms, Nr.01 (Quaterns: Theory & Practice)

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QUATERNS - THE THEORY † † † † † †
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1.(A) † † The first line of a quatern marks a start † † † † † † † †
2.(b) † † begins to fix a course the poem takes † † † † † † † †
3.(a) † † determining a complicated art † † † † † † † †
4.(b) † † with meaning staked beneath its subtle wake; † † † † † † † †
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5.(c) † † inserting clues the next lines clearly note † † † † † † † †
6.(A) † † the first line of a quatern marks a start † † † † † † † †
7.(c) † † as flow entices readers cast their vote † † † † † † † †
8.(a) † † on how emerging lines will play their part; † † † † † † † †
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9.(a) † † itís not a case of trying to be smart - † † † † † † † †
10.(d) † a quatern has some movement to express, † † † † † † † †
11.(A) † the first line of a quatern marks a start † † † † † † † †
12.(d) † to which the lines that follow owe success; † † † † † † † †
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13.(e) † completion of the cycle must comply † † † † † † † †
14.(a) † with alphas and omegas of the heart † † † † † † † †
15.(e) † where satisfying closure answers why † † † † † † † †
16.(A) † the first line of a quatern marks a start. † † † † † †  
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QUATERNS - THE PRACTICE † † † †  
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Marching Off To
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The men go marching off to war † †  
conscripted 'gainst their will, no doubt † †  
though many people are unsure † †  
about the reasons touted out † †  
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as media moguls wave the flags † †  
the men go marching off to war † †  
they soon come back in body-bags †- † †  
increasing voices ask "what for?" † †  
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but hidden forces at the core † †  
manipulate with vicious might † †  
so men go marching off to war † †  
and try their best to prove them right † †  
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conclude at last the money-boys † †  
can profit much from all the gore † †  
yet mesmerised by weapon-toys † †  
the men go marching off to war. †
Written by Josh (Joshua Bond)
Published | Edited 21st Oct 2023
Author's Note
Number 1 in a series on Poetic Forms, including both Theory and Practice. The first poem uses the form itself to explain the 'Theory' of the form. The second poem uses the form as a random 'Practice' example.

On Poetic Forms, Nr.02 can be found here:
https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/poems/328677-on-limericks-a-limerick/
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