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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Writing Exercise - The Hymnal Measure

By Ashley Lister
Amazing Grace is quite a treat
She likes to suck my toe
I suck hers too, she thinks it’s neat
But how I wish she’d blow.

Whether you call it the hymnal measure, the hymnal stanza or common metre, this simple yet effective form of poetry is seductively easy. This form consists only of two rhymes per stanza (a, b, a, b), alternating with iambic tetrameter (eight syllables per line) and trimeter (six syllables per line).  Most of us are already familiar with this one from the rhythm of Amazing Grace. And, once you start writing in this form, the rhythm is difficult to escape.

Expose your ass, assume the pose
It’s time to spank again
Please bend forward and touch your toes
I’ll go and fetch the cane.

Admittedly, the stress on the third line of that stanza is FORward, rather than the usual pronunciation of forWARD, but this is a small sacrifice for the sake of the sentiment I want to convey.

As always, I’d love to see your hymnal stanzas in the comments box below.  


  1. I believe it was one of the favoured forms used for religious songs.

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  3. the kiss of leather, sweet to feel
    from floggers or from quirts
    but when he gets the bullwhip out?
    Oh man! That sucker hurts!

    1. Rachel - I could sing this one. It's got a lovely rhythm and it sounds like the first stanza to a wonderful spanking anthem.


    2. Ha! What a splendid idea :) Thanks Ash.


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