Diamonds from coal

Sharmishtha Basu
19.6.12

Rules
1. The form is a single quatrain.

2. The rhyme scheme is a,b,a,b. This does not need to be perfect rhyme.

3. It has a fixed rhythm that it is recited to and as a result the line lengths are fixed between 8 and 12 syllables.

4. Often there is a seeming discontinuity between the first two lines and the second two lines. However on closer examination there is a linkage either in thought or the assonance of the verses.

5. There is usually a lot of allusion to either symbols, proverbs or places that would mean alot to Malay readers.

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