Thursday, April 10, 2014

Inverted Refrain - Fairy Realm

Theme : Poetry Types   
Day 1 - A for Acrostic                                        
Day 2 - B for Blitz   
Day 3 - C for CinqTroisDecaLaRhyme                    
Day 4 - D For Diamente  
Day 5 - E for Essence                                       
Day 6 - F for Florette 
Day 7 - G for Ghazal 
Day 8 - H for Haiku

Apart from writing on nature and women, the other genre I love most is Fantasy. Here's an Inverted refrain for A to Z Challenge

Beyond the realms of our loud world,
lies a place where fairies reside,
pixies, goblins gleefully swirl,
under strict watch of Queen uptight,
    Fairy land is hidden from sight,
    graciously the Tinkerbells twirl.
Only innocent eyes of child,
a heart filled with benevolence,
can look through the dense mist of wild
and soak  in their ebullience
    If only they could influence

    our world would have been so much mild.

Here's something I made in MSPaint

The Inverted Refrain, created by Jan Turner, consists of four 6-line stanzas, for a total of 24 lines.

Rhyme scheme per stanza: Lines #1-4 are abab;
Lines #5 and #6, the two inverted refrain lines, can be a,b or b,a.

Meter: 8 syllables in every line.

The first four lines of a stanza create a statement from which the last 2 lines extract the meaning, and invert the way it was said (see Example #1 below, Finding Faeries). The last two lines of each stanza, which are the ‘inverted refrain’, are indented as a couplet.

As a variation, the couplets in each stanza can reorganize the information in the previous four lines in a summarized manner, and can add further description. (See Example #2 below, Surrender. (source Shadow Poetry)


  1. Ooh loved this one. Brings back enid blyton reads :)

  2. This is so brilliant!!! I am learning a lot!! ;)

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  3. ok thats a new one for me...... interesting


  4. aaawwwwww louuuuuveeeeettttt!!!! :D :D :D :D

    i wish you wrote more of fantasy and romance than being my tragedy queen that u always are :P

  5. Absolutely challenging this is !!

  6. Amazing talent. Loved the picture you made too...

  7. "If only they could influence
    our world would have been so much mild." - What a great line, Rajlakshmi! Makes one ponder :)

    Beauty Interprets, Expresses, Manifests the Eternal

  8. Sometimes we need to look at the world through children's appreciate things in their real beauty! Loved the poem and the form!

  9. I like that you broke it down.

    I like fantasy, too. I my F post was about my own fantasy project.

    best of luck with the challenge!

  10. Lovely.....Really liked it. Keep writing....

    Happy Blogging A to Z.


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