# What is this form of poetry called?

I am poet and a blogger, and was writing a poem today for my blog. It went something like:

So, are you missing me?
Missing me so much that you crave,
crave to meet me right now...


Does anybody know what this form of poetry is called, where a part of the present line is repeated in the next line each time? I've never read any poem of this type previously, so I am unaware of what this poem is called.

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Seriously, there is no name for this? –  c0da Dec 8 '11 at 5:02

Wouldn't this be considered a type of anadiplosis?--though anadiplosis is typically the repetition of a single word. It doesn't seem to be an actual poetic form, but more of a stylistic device.

There's a Wikipedia article on it here.

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Didn't know of this term, thanks. –  Craig Sefton Dec 13 '11 at 10:28
This is it, I believe! :) –  c0da Dec 13 '11 at 18:00

It's sort of an anti-enjambment. I have no idea if it has a formal name.

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The opposite of enjambment would be en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End-stopping, but that isn't the same thing unfortunately. –  Craig Sefton Dec 7 '11 at 16:49
I used "anti" deliberately. It isn't actually the opposite, because the second line doesn't end-stop. It sort of stutters over the break. It isn't a genuine run-on; the repeated word or phrase calls attention to the breaking of the line. –  Lauren Ipsum Dec 7 '11 at 17:34
Ah, I get you, good point. –  Craig Sefton Dec 7 '11 at 17:49

I would suggest that this is a hybrid form of refrain, which is a "phrase, line, or group of lines repeated at intervals throughout a poem, generally at the end of the stanza". The usage you demonstrate isn't your typical refrain, since your example repeats a phrase from the previous sentence, and does not repeat it again. A repetend, which is a type of refrain, may be a better match, but again, it's not exactly the same thing, since a repetend is an irregular repetition of the same word or phrase throughout the poem.

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ooh, new vocabulary word: repetend. I like it! :) –  Lauren Ipsum Dec 7 '11 at 17:35

I don't know that there is any formal name or style associated with this. One of the unique things about poetry is that it can ultimately be whatever the author wants it to be, and it can take on whatever shape the author wants as well. There was a point in time where people tried to categorize poetry according to meter or rhyming patterns, but that doesn't seem to be the case so much any more. For the most part, I would suggest just writing your poetry and leaving the classification to your readers!

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This looks like and example of Haiku poetry.

Even though in the West, the 5-7-5 pattern of syllables is more strictly observed, even masters of the form do not always adhere to this exact restriction.

It could also be considered a Haiku with a nod to Common English Hymn Metres which follow an 8-6-8-6 syllable rhythm.

As for the repetition; though it is uncommon in Haiku, there are some that welcome the technique into the tradition.

Notice the syllables:

6 - So, are you missing me?
8 - Missing me so much that you crave,
6 - crave to meet me right now...


An example of 5-7-5 Haiku:

5 - Whitecaps on the bay:
7 - A broken signboard banging
5 - In the April wind.


~ Richard Wright (collected in Haiku: This Other World, Arcade Publishing, 1998)

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What is this form of poetry called?