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Sijo

Type:  

Structure, Metrical Requirement, Simple, Pivot Requirement

 
Description: 

A Korean tercet, each line having 14-16 syllables in four groups of 2 to 7 (usually 3 or 4) syllables. There is usually a cæsura (natural pause) at the end of the second group and a major pause after the fourth group. This is very much like a fourteener in construction, where there are fourteen syllables with a mid-line pause, so the form can seem very natural in English.

In the third line, the poem will usually resolve or introduce humor or a sonnet-like pivot.

Sijo are also written on subjects like nature, virtue, or rural life.

 
Origin: 

Korean

 
Schematic: 
A sample schema might look like:

xxxx xxx // xxx xxxx
xxxxx xx // xxxx xxxx
xxxxxxx xxx // xxx xxx
 
Rhythm/Stanza Length: 

3

 
Line/Poem Length: 

3

 
See Also:  

Dabali Shairi, Magali Shairi, Syllabic Verse, Tawddgyrch Cadwynog

 
Status: 

Incomplete

 

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