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Pantoum

Pantoum (15th century Malaysian form)

Tells a story

Rhyming is optional

Form:  Seven stanzas, 28 lines, each line used twice except for one in the last.

Stanza 1 — Lines 1-4

Stanza 2 — Line 5 (repeats line 2), new Line 6, Line 7 (repeats line 4), new Line 8

Stanza 3 — Line 9 (repeats line 6), new Line 9, Line 11 (repeats line 8), new Line 12

etc. through

Stanza 7 — Line 25 (repeats Line 22), new Line 26, Line 27 (repeats Line 24), Line 28 (repeats Line 1)