14. Square Poems


:a very old square poem:

:a very old square poem:



Ok, this is actually pretty cool. This is a style of poem in which the words are basically in a grid – in which the words going down make the same like as the words across – kind of like some fucked up poem Sudoku. This one’s by Lewis Carroll (of Alice in Wonderland fame). 

I often wondered when I cursed,
Often feared where I would be – 
Wondered where she’d yield her love
When I yield, so will she.
I would her will be pitied!
Cursed be love! She pitied me…

Check it – reading it vertically, it reads the same way! The first word of every line makes up a line reading “I often wondered when I cursed.” The really cool thing about Carroll’s version is that it not only follows the structure, it also makes sense as a poem in and of itself. And poems with some inherent structure are more pleasant to the human ear, anyway.  

So fuck the villanelle, this shit is way more complex and way sweeter. And it’s a rectangle.

May 26, 2009. Rectangles.


  1. Ruth replied:

    I’ve written one as well…

    Darling, take leave of me.
    Take nothing, no hope, but
    Leave no regrets. Your love
    of hope, your shame, destroys
    me, but love destroys forever.

  2. Rebekah replied:

    I love to experience the storms,
    love to feel the rain and
    to feel the thrill that’s thunder;
    experience the thrill of wet sand.
    the rain that’s wet. Wind and
    storms and thunder; sand and lightning.

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