Constanza: Poetic Forms – Writer’s Digest

This week’s poetic form is the constanza. It’s a fun form comprised of at least five tercets (or three-line stanzas) that was invented by Connie Marcum Wong.

Here are the guidelines:

  • Five (or more) tercets
  • Eight cellables per line
  • First line of each tercet can be read as its own poem
  • First lines of each tercet all share the same A rhyme
  • Second and third line of each tercet share a rhyme and add a deeper meaning to the entire poem

If your constanza is comprised of five tercets, this would be the rhyme pattern: abb/acc/add/aee/aff


Play with poetic forms!

Poetic forms are fun poetic games, and this digital guide collects more than 100 poetic forms, including more established poetic forms (like sestinas and sonnets) and newer invented forms (like golden shovels and fibs).


Leave a Comment