Rosefire Rising is the poetry blog of PF Anderson. I have a possibly unfortunate affection for formalism in poetry, and am especially fond of sonnets and waka (especially haiku  and tanka ).
a b a b
c d c d
e f e f
a b a b b c b c c d c d e e
a b b a a b b a c d c d c d (and variations)
A1 b A2 / a b A1 / a b A2 / a b A1 / a b A2 / a b A1 A2
line B (repeated)
line D (repeated)
line E (repeated)
line F (repeated)
line C (repeated)
line A (repeated)
OR you could use Dana Guthrie Martin’s instructions on how to write a pantoum from over at the defunct Poetry Collaborative.
- Start with a four-line stanza.
- Repeat lines 2 and 4 of the first stanza as lines 1 and 3 of the next stanza.
- Finish the second stanza by creating new lines for 2 and 4.
- Repeat the pattern. Take lines 2 and 4 of the second stanza and make them 1 and 3 of the third.
- Do this over and over until you think you got yourself a complete poem. (But don’t prattle on for too long or the poem will devolve into a repetitive nonsensical mess that will send readers heading for the hills.)
- For the final stanza, you’ll need lines 1 and 3 of the first stanza. Make line 3 the second line of the final stanza, and make line 1 the final line of the poem.