A form of light verse
invented and promoted by Paul Pascal, Anthony Hecht
, and John Hollander
. The double dactyl
consists of two quatrains
, each with three double-dactyl lines followed by a shorter dactyl-spondee
pair. The two spondees rhyme. Additionally, the first line must be a nonsense phrase, the second line a proper or place name, and one other line, usually the sixth, a single double-dactylic word that has never been used before
in any other double dactyl. For example:
Bacon, lord Chancellor.
Negligent, fell for the
Bribery toppled him,
Finished him, testing some
Poultry on ice.
(by Ian Lancashire)
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