Revanche is a French term for ‘revenge’. The form was created by David Hirt, an American poet.  The defining feature of the Revanche is the alternating rhymeless quatrains with the rhymed couplets.

Here are the basic rules of the revanche:
~stanzaic; 1st stanza is a quatrain (4-line poem) and the second stanza is a couplet (2-line stanza)
~metric: iambic tetrameter (This means that each line has 8 syllables (or four beats) with a rhythm that sounds like ‘‘da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM” or a series of unstressed and stressed syllables.)
~rhymed: xxxx aa, xxxx bb, xxxx cc, etc. (x = unrhymed, as suggested above)

Here are a few lines in iambic tetrameter from the poem“The Daffodils” by William Wordsworth:

wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
host, of golden daffodils;

Note: We understand that this form is difficult so we make this writing event easier for you.  Poems that are not written in iambic tetrameter will not be disqualified from winning but will score less in prompt adherence.

      1. The submitted poem must have a title (Keep it simple with no punctuation marks; all words more than 3 letters must be capitalized)
      2. There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit –though only the first submitted poem will be qualified for contention.
      3. Previously published or plagiarised works will not be considered for contention.
      4. Poems found to have been shared on another platform or blog before the declaration of results stand disqualified from the event, and the writer of such content stands to be disqualified for the next Penmancy event.
      5. In case a poem is received after the submission deadline, it shall be considered as a guest entry and shall not qualify for the event.
      6. Entries that don’t follow rules will be published and shared on the page and group but are disqualified for winning.

Winning criteria:

The announcement of winners may be postponed or preponed depending on the number of entries received.

The winners of the event shall receive the book “Wordicted” byDr Ekta Kaur Sachdeva.

This book was extended for #BookNook Gift-a-book program by the author.

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