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    MsJacquiiC Poetica Magnifique

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    The scupham stanza is a rhymed envelope sestet: abccba. The SCUPHAM SONNET - attributed to the English poet Bob Newman - is a poem using two Scupham stanzas and a couplet as its rhyme scheme. While Mr. Newman doesn't explicitly list a requirement for a certain meter, iambic pentameter never hurts.

    Example by Bob Newman:

    The Poet Ryman

    Behind the till the poet Ryman stands,
    Unchallenged ruler of all he surveys.
    He scans along the shelves, takes stock, and smiles.
    His realm of binders, paperclips and files
    Subdued; the ideal state, in many ways.
    No tension, even in the rubber bands.
    A paying customer’s a rarity.
    In peace he muses, strums Erato’s lyre,
    Gestating sonnets in the fertile quiet,
    Office consumables his staple diet.
    Lives for the day when genius takes fire -
    With one pad, spiral-bound, he will be free.
    His work is stationery, but his mind
    And pen as quick as any you will find.

    **NOTE** Ryman's is a chain of stationery shops in Britain that is well-known to the average British Poet!

    Posted By MsJacquiiC | Sep 16, 2006

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