Double Dactyl

Fun with form

Over the weekend I thought I’d challenge myself and try something different. So, I dusted off some books on poetry theory from my bookshelf. I searched for poetic forms that I’m not familiar with or haven’t ever tried. After perusing the pages, my eyes landed on the double dactyl.

The double dactyl is a light-hearted little poem comprising of two stanzas of four verses each (called quatrains). The form was originally created by Anthony Hecht and Paul Pascal in the 1950s. Sharing some similarities with the limerick, the double dactyl became popular for its…