form.  See formula. 


     This set of requirements to produce something is the diminutive of L. forma, shape, which directly gives us Eng. form.  Hence, also formal, as in evening attire; formality.  The format of a book is its shape, from the verb formare, format
-, to shape.  L. formido, dread, gives us the dreadful, formidable things; whereas something shapely is L. formosa, as the island.  Compounds include deform and reformation.   

Dictionary of Word Origins, by Joseph T. Shipley.

Some friendly synonyms as you begin to think about what forms in poetry might mean:

  • Protocol
  • Recipe
  • Dance
  • Scientific method
  • Spell
  • Prayer
  • Circuit
  • Map
  • Star chart
  • To Do list

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