Pantoum

A Pantoum is a poem where you write eight lines of a sixteen-line poem with a preset rhyme scheme. Don't let
all the lines confuse you. This is really fairly simple if you follow the directions.

Step 1: Write the first four lines with a rhyme scheme of abab.
Step 2: Copy lines 2 and 4 to lines 5 and 7.
Step 3: Write lines 6 and 8 (rhyme = c)
Step 4: Copy lines 6 and 8 to lines 9 and 11.
Step 5: Write lines 10 and 12 (rhyme = d)
Step 6: Copy lines 10 and 12 to lines 13 and 15
Step 7: Copy lines 3 and 1 to lines 14 and 16 (respectively)
Step 8: Give the poem a title
Step 9: Label the poem "pantoum" at the bottom
Step 10: Type your poem
Step 11: Proofread, make sure it makes sense, that you followed the steps, and that punctuation is properly
placed.
Step 12: Pat yourself on the back...you are a POET!

Line # Rhyme Scheme
1 a
2 b
3 a
4 b

2 5 b
6 c
4 7 b
8 c

6 9 c
10 d
8 11 c
12 d

10 13 d
3 14 a
12 15 d
1 16 a