The Napowrimo prompt a few days ago was for a poem in Sapphic metre. Being devoid of inspiration I had the idea of writing a Sapphic Ode, as you do. I read the instructions on the Napo page, Then I read the example given and the rhythm sounded lumpy to me.
The recipe was: quatrains whose first three lines have eleven syllables, and the fourth, just five. There is also a very strict meter that alternates trochees (a two-syllable foot, with the first syllable stressed, and the second unstressed) and dactyls (a three-syllable foot, with the first syllable stressed and the remainder unstressed). The first three lines consist of two trochees, a dactyl, and two more trochees. The fourth line is a dactyl, followed by a trochee.Thus a stanza would read as:
Dum di dum di dum diddy dum di dum di x3
Dum diddy dum di
Far be it from me to criticise such an ancient form, but I think it is frightfully bad style to end a stanza (and poem) on a weak beat. So I consulted Wikipedia and recoiled before a page of gobbledook.
Never one to give up at the first hurdle, I had a go, but instead of giving up, my horse fell at the first
Poetry should be a pleasure
Rhythm dance in every measure
Words beguile as jewelled treasure
Not a rigid straitjacket.
Ah well, I tried.