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Marcus Bales 03-12-2005 03:30 PM

Double Dactyls
This verse form was invented by Anthony Hecht and Paul Pascal, as documented by Hecht and John Hollander in their compilation, "Jiggery-Pokery: A Compendium of Double Dactyls" (Athenaeum, New York, 1967).

Higgledy, piggledy,
Siren Calliope
Bids double dactyls to
Keep perfect time.
Then, not forgetting a
Flourish, they always must
End with a rhyme. [Joshua W. Burton]

Higgledy, piggledy,
Anthony Hollander,
Two bards in one, worked their
Brains to a storm,
Seeking out words for the
Line of this dismally
Difficult form. [Anthony Hecht & John Hollander]

The idea is to put a name in the second line, while the sixth line is one single word (in some classic double dactyls this single-word requirement wanders around in the second stanza from the fifth through the eighth lines, as you'll see below, but the ordinary method is that it appear in the sixth), the meter of the whole is dactylic (HIG gle dee PIG gle dee), and the fourth and eighth lines rhyme.

Some more examples:

Higgledy, piggledy,
Mary of Magdala
Said to the dolorous
Mother of God:
Ought to be left to the
Simple amoeba or
Gasteropod.' [James Merrill]

Higgledy, piggledy,
Mme. de Maintenon
Shouted `Up yours!' when
Approached for the rent,
And, in her anger,
Proceded to demonstrate,
Just what she meant. [Anthony Hecht]

Higgledy, piggledy,
Empress Victoria
Answered when asked to give
Gladstone the nod,
`Screw that old Aryan
Disraeli and I stand for
Britain and God.' [E. William Seaman]

Higgledy, piggledy,
Franklin D. Roosevelt,
High over Jutland, flew
In from the East;
`Well,' quipped a Minister
`Something is Groton in
Denmark, at least!' [John Hollander]

Higgledy, piggledy,
Juliet Capulet
Cherished the tenderest
Thoughts of a rose:
`What's in a name?' said she,
`Save that the Montagues
Stink in God's nose.' [Anthony Hecht]

Higgledy, piggledy,
Robert C. Rauschenberg
Gunked up his canvas with
All kinds of glop.
`Though mixing media
Seems to me silly, I
Can't seem to stop.' [Eric Salzman]

Higgledy piggledy
Painted so well he was
Blessed with this curse:
When he was good at his
None did it better but
When not none worse. [Marcus Bales]

Bonne chance!

trisherina 03-12-2005 03:57 PM

Higgledy, piggledy,
Marcus Bales, Glassmaker
As a zepoet is
Rivalled by none.
Dishing out rhymes, he's a
Hoping to help us
Recover some fun.

trisherina 03-12-2005 04:57 PM

Higgledy, piggledy,
Donald "The Donald" Trump
Hideous creature with
Money to burn.
Marrying teens as an
Makes for a hobby when
Girls never learn.

Marcus Bales 03-12-2005 05:13 PM

Higgledy, piggledy
Ze's Trisherina
Is sensible, decent,
And sexy as well;
Who could have let such a
Out of her shell?

Marcus Bales 03-12-2005 05:54 PM

Higgledy piggledy
Gabriel Fahrenheit
Curse your ideas about
Counting degrees!
Back in the shade of our
Days we had temperatures
Cooler than these!

trisherina 03-12-2005 06:23 PM

Higgledy, piggledy,
Doctor Hippocrates
Medical history
Features your name;
Cautioning all against
Malpractice law
Will be never the same.

Marcus Bales 03-12-2005 06:37 PM


trisherina 03-12-2005 09:54 PM

if you've seen the film version
Higgledy, piggledy,
Mr. Mistoffelees
Pranced in a ruff to the Weber score Cats.
"Presto!" he gushed, and the
Gushed in return
"Get an eyeful of that!"

Ms Robbie 03-12-2005 10:42 PM

Higgledy Piggledy
Susan B. Anthony
Got us the vote with her
Tireless hard work.

Now that the polls are all
All share the blame for e-
Lecting some jerk.

madasacutsnake 03-12-2005 11:16 PM

Dear Marcus,

Please may we have a communal dactyl thread too?



Higgledy Piggledy
Marcus B Bales
Gave us a thread in which
we can shine
Now I think it's wonderfully
idiosyncratic - ly
but please grant me royally
this thread of mine?

trisherina 03-13-2005 12:37 AM

Higgledy, piggledy,
The sea anemone's
Hard up for enemies
Under the sea.
Lacking a nemesis,
Also ain't all it is
Cracked up to be.

trisherina 03-13-2005 12:38 AM


madasacutsnake 03-13-2005 12:50 AM

*giggles at Trish amusing herself*

Take a bow Missus Trish!

trisherina 03-13-2005 03:36 AM

sorry about this one
Higgledy, piggledy,
Pamela Anderson
Bobbles and jiggles
Around in the breeze.
Maybe because she has
Above the waist;
What a gruesome disease!

Marcus Bales 03-13-2005 04:12 AM

Wouketa Wouketa
Herbie the Bookbinder
There with the castor oil
Bed-bound again,
Had a chilly awareness he'd
Himself on that night as a
Man among men.

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