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    The Malayan form PANTOUM is written in four-line stanzas; and the second and fourth line of each stanza become the first and third of the succeeding stanza. In the last stanza, the second and fourth lines are the third and first of the first stanza; so that the opening and closing lines of the pantoum are identical. Each line is a repeton.


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    Example by Karen Whiteside:

    He Did Not Speak of War

    He did not speak of war
    ’Though its effects were clear
    Could he forget the gore
    This man to me so dear?

    ’Though its effects were clear,
    He saw the tank explode,
    This man to me so dear
    Humility he showed.

    He saw the tank explode
    Before his very eyes
    Humility he showed,
    My hand is hurt he cries.

    Before his very eyes
    Could he forget the gore?
    My hand is hurt he cries
    He did not speak of war.


    Posted By MsJacquiiC | Sep 12, 2006
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