F for Fibonacci


This Poetry form will definitely interest math geeks. A Fiboncci poem is based on the Fibonacci Series. It was invented by Gregory K. Pincus as a 6-line poem that follows the Fibonacci sequence for syllable count per line.

To understand how this works we need to understand the Fibonacci math sequence. It starts with 0 and 1 and then we keep on adding the last two numbers together till we reach infinity.

Here’s how the Fibonacci series looks like
0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, …
or
0+1=1
1+1=2
1+2=3
2+3=5
3+5=8
5+8=13
8+13=21
13+21=34
and so on and so forth…

So for a 6 line poem:

  • 1 syllable for first line
  • 1 syllable for second line
  • 2 syllables for third
  • 3 syllables for fourth
  • 5 syllables for fifth
  • 8 syllables for sixth

There are some variations of this form where we continue further than just 6 lines while following the Fibonacci series for syllable count per line.

Here’s my attempt at a Fib

When
I
say your
name with a
dazzle in my eyes
They label it as a poem.

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