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A monostich is a poem which consists of a single line.
The following is an example:
- 'Skunks,' the squirrel said, 'are sent to try us.'
A monostich could be also titled; due to the brevity of the form, the title is invariably as important a part of the poem as the verse itself:
- Bravery runs in my family.
Some examples of one-line poems were created by Ancient authors (Martial e.g.). Modern monostich was started in Russia in 1894 when Valery Bryusov published the single line of pretty absurdic essence:
- О закрой свои бледные ноги.
- (Oh, cover your pale legs.)
In Western poetry monostich was reinvented by Guillaume Apollinaire in his "Chantre" (1914).
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