Experimental Poetry Form: Three

Here is an experimental poetry form

Stanzas: 3
Lines per stanza: 3
Meter: iambic tri-meter
Rhyming pattern: abc abc abc

This form is characterized by three’s: there are three stanzas, each stanza has three lines, each line has three feet and there are a three sets of rhymes.

An interesting way to use this form is to continue the focus on threes.

Here is an example poem:

Garden Lizard

The small lizard was gray,
as it moved on the wall,
and toward the jasmine vine.

As it moved on its way,
its color did not stall,
but changed from gray to pine.

And on the vine that day,
its shade it did not fall,
but turned bright green and fine.

As can be seen, in addition to the three stanzas, lines, feet and rhymes, this poem also has:

Three subjects: the garden lizard, the wall and the jasmine vine
Three stages (one for each stanza): moving on the wall, transitioning to the vine and being on the vine, and
Three states (one for each stanza): gray in color, pine in color and bright green in color.

This is one example of how to use the form. There are also many other ways.

One interesting aspect of this form is its brevity. Because there are only nine lines, each with only six syllables, it affects how subjects are described. It provides a limitation that can make the presentation more interesting.

Please feel free to experiment with this experimental poetry form.

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