Before they set out to jog, runners stretch to loosen their muscles. Poets might benefit from stretching mentally. Apart from the all too familiar common measure and ballad verse, here are a few lesser-known forms that could prove helpful to flexing one’s muscles and extending one’s reach beyond the traditional formal verse forms or free verse.
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