Chastushka poems are traditionally short poems that are just four lines in length. They will always rhyme and they can use one of several rhyming patterns. The most common forms of rhyme are ABAB and AABB. There are also instances of the poem having an ABCA rhyming structure.
Rules of the Chastushka
- It is a poem for 4 lines
- It must rhyme
- You can decide the rhyme scheme
The Chastushka poem is known for being humorous or satirical in nature. They originated as a form of folk entertainment in Russia. They can be performed by two people who are trading insults at each other. The form is incredibly similar to a traditional British or American limerick.
Examples of the Form
Another day of tuna, Dave?
You might want to give it a rest.
You’re either incredibly stupid or a little bit brave
because that fish breath makes us depressed.
I think I’ll have the BLT
but hold the bacon if you please
It’s a salad sandwich just for me
I’ve got bad pork allergies
A cat brings joy, that’s just empirical
2 new kittens this year, a Christmas Miracle
3 cats brings sorrow, and anger too
I spend all my days scooping poo.