The pantoum is a poetic form which originated in Malaysia, where it was developed from the form pantun berkait, a series of quatrain stanzas within which the lines are intricately woven.
I discovered this form for myself by reading poetry on WordPress, and it immediately appealed to me because of its lyrical nature, and its skilful weaving of repeated lines to form a kind of poetic tapestry which reads almost like a waterfall of words.
In the pantoum form, lines 2 and 4 of the first quatrain stanza are repeated as lines 1 and 3 of the second. This pattern continues throughout the poem until the final stanza, where the line 3 of the 1st stanza becomes line 2 of the final, and line 1 of the 1st stanza becomes line 4 of the final, marking a return to the starting-point of the poem 😅.
I find this description quite hard to follow, but the form is easy to recognise when I read it. I composed one myself which I posted yesterday, so for an example please check out Nature paints a picture. You’ll notice I altered a word or two in certain lines, to keep the flow of sense within the poem. I’m not sure if this is against the rules but I’m not too worried. I just love the result which is kind of like ripples in a pond returning back to their source.
Write a pantoum poem of your own, create a post and link back to this one. Drop your link in the comments below. Perhaps you’ve already written this form, in which case just link up to the challenge, and remember to add your link in the comments to this post. If you prefer, you can enter by email: email@example.com. The poem can be on any subject, and of any length, within reason (spare a thought for our judge!)
This week’s challenge will be judged by last week’s winner, Nick Reeves. Do check out his blog for some beautiful poetry and poetic prose.
The deadline for entries is midnight CET on Tuesday, 24 November 2020. Results to be announced next Wednesday, or as soon as is practically possible afterwards!