#Pocket Poem 9-Flamenca

The flamenca is a Spanish quintain (or 5-line stanza) form with a staccato rhythm meant to replicate the click of heels by flamenco dancers. The flamenca goes by a few other names, including seguidilla gitana (or Gypsy seguidilla), playera, and/or sequiriya.

Here are basic guidelines of the flamenca:

  • 5 lines
  • lines 1, 2, 4, and 5 have 6 syllables
  • line 3 has 5 syllables
  • lines 2 and 5 assonate


Did Mary like her pets,

Two white mice, Wise and Nice-

It was never known,

They were fed and fancied

But sold when they got old.


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