What is a pantoum?

What is a pantoum?

I sat down tonight to write a pantoum

Each line must be octosyllabic

To follow the normal custom

If I err please don’t be a critic

Should I rhyme the right line when

I stand up tonight to recite a pantoum

Or is it okay to deviate from the rules quite a lot

And not follow the normal custom.


(Written during a debate on what exactly is a pantoum on a poetry course.)

 

 

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