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Double-Dactyl Word List

helpful list for writers of double-dactyl verse

 

Those of you who write double dactyls know that there’s a requirement for one line (generally in the second stanza) to be comprised of a single double-dactyl word.

Here is a non-comprehensive list of double-dactyl words to help you get started. The list is a group-sourcing effort. After I posted it, Chris Doyle alerted me to many words I missed. And former Children's Poet Laureate, Kenn Nesbitt, did the same. (Kenn maintains some very useful word lists of his own on his site, including a fancy-schmancy  list of words and word phrases that rhyme with themselves. It's a lot of fun, and bound to provide great prompts for children's poets everywhere).

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