The Shadorma is a poetic form consisting of a six-line stanza (or sestet). Its origins are believed to be from Spain but it is hard to track exactly where and when the form was created. This sestet has a syllable count of three syllables in the first line, five syllables in the second line, three syllables in the third and fourth lines, seven syllables in the fifth line, and five syllables in the sixth line (3/5/3/3/7/5) for a total of 26 syllables. Shadorma is typically unrhymed. Shadorma can be either one stanza of 6 lines or a series of stanzas following the same syllable count.
Rules of the Shadorma:
- It is a stanza of 6 lines (sestet)
- The syllable count for each line is 3/5/3/3/7/5
- It is typically unrhymed
- Shadorma can be one sestet or an unlimited number of stanzas, often referred to as a series.