The Palinend

the Palinend is a form of poetry that the last word of each line is spelled backwards from the last word of the line before.

as such it always has an even number of lines.
ideally the words are spelled exactly, but the order of the sounds is paramount, that is, deer and reed is ideal, but dear and reed are still properly within the form.

Minimally there should be at least six syllables per line, and at least six lines per poem.

A variation would be where the reversal would be spread across more than one word.

Here is an example:  Steve Irwin, Moses’s Mom, and Me  In this example, the first two couplets are good examples as they have the sounds in order (but not the exact spelling)  The third couplet is weak, Strut and Trust are not exact reversals of each other.  The fourth and fifth couples are spot on.

here’s another: reward,  This one is a bit tighter.  And here is a third example:  Why a Hat is Better than Fire

If you give this a try, please post a link to your effort here in the comments.


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