Welcome to xiv lines …

xiv lines started as a small community on Google+. The community still exists privately, but we have decided to take a different direction. The idea behind xiv lines was to produce poetry of fourteen lines in length; either free verse or structured. Our main interest was to encourage poets to attempt the sonnet form, the most common poetry form of fourteen-lines. There is something special about the fourteen-line length in that it can encapsulate those special thoughts and emotions in a relatively short verse.

Although we now accept longer or shorter pieces, the sonnet will always be the jewel in the xiv lines crown, and we encourage all poets to attempt this beautiful form via tutorials through Google Classroom. Our community, this website and classes are now working with classical and structured forms of poetry. For some this may be disappointing because we no longer allow free verse or forms such as haiku and tanka to be posted.

Above all, we encourage people to participate. Accepted members will be allowed to post their poetry on this site and also actively participate in the forums.

What we offer …

You are able to write and share your work with others. At any time you may request permission to post your classical or structured poetry to this site. To do this, you simply fill in the request to join the xiv lines project. If your request is approved, you will receive a login and password (which you can later change) that will allow you access to this site as a poet.

Ownership …

All poetry you post here belongs to you. xiv lines does not own any rights to your work. Copyright laws vary greatly from country to country and even in some states. We request that you use the copyright symbol or your name as an indication that the piece was written by you. Please understand that the owners of xiv lines and the use of the copyright symbol cannot protect your work from being misused.

Publishing …

If you intend to publish your work, it is your responsibility to contact the publisher before posting your work to this site. Even though we do not hold any rights to your work, some publishers will not accept work that has already appeared in any form, whether electronic or printed.

Finally …

Whether you wish to post your work or just join the community, we hope you will enjoy writing and learning some of the finer details about classical and structured poetry. To view our recent work, use the main menu or click here.