Pantoum Notes

About the Jez of It

Originally a Malaysian form the Pantoum was adapted by the French and c popular in Europe, with Baudelaire and Fouinet being amongst the foremost users of the form.

The Pantoum is a strict repeating form with no stanza count, the French Pantoum as an eight-syllable count, the Malaysian style has no syllable count. The French style includes a repeat back to complete the circle, whereas that isn’t necessary with the Malaysian form

The rhyme scheme is as follows
A1B1A2B2 B2C1B2C2 C1D1C2D2 …. For the French Pantoum Z1A2Z2A1

Malaysian Pantoum Example

Claire de Lune by Terry Clitheroe

The moonlight shines on singing waters
A chorus repeated by humming stones
In a composition of competing meters
Bringing peace to my stressed bones.

A chorus repeated by humming stones
Under the light of a strawberry moon
Bringing peace to my stressed bones,
It’s not hard for souls to become attuned.

Under the light…

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