What is a Pantun?
The pantoum or pantun is a form of poetry with repeating lines throughout the poem. It is composed of a series of quatrains; the second and fourth lines of each stanza are repeated as the first and third lines of the next.
Here is a three-stanza pantoum. In the final stanza, lines one from the first stanza can be used as the closing line.
The pantoum form is as follows:
Stanza 1
A
B
C
D
Stanza 2
B
E
D
F
Stanza 3
E
C
A
The pantoum is said to have originated in Malaysia in the fifteenth-century as a short folk poem.The pantoum was especially popular with French and British writers in the nineteenth-century, including Charles Baudelaire and Victor Hugo.

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