Rengay Worksheets

The rengay form was invented in 1992 by Garry Gay, and was first written by Garry and Michael Dylan Welch. It consists of six thematic verses written in a pattern of A-3, B-2, A-3, B-3, A-2, B-3 (for two poets) or A-3, B-2, C-3, A-2, B-3, C-2 (for three poets), where letters represent the poets and numbers indicate the number of lines in each verse. The following two worksheets are presented here as a guide for writing your own rengay. Solo and six-person rengay are also possible. The key point to rengay is that all six verses should develop the same clear theme, such as “shelters” or the narrative of a baseball game. The more concrete the theme, the greater the clarity, but many excellent rengay also develop a secondary theme that might be more abstract or conceptual. For the two-line verses, be careful not to force a three-line poem into two lines. Read essays about rengay and numerous rengay examples at the Graceguts rengay page. —Michael Dylan Welch
 

 

Two-person form

 

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Three-person form

 

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