Experimental Poetry Form: Five Couplets

This form has five couplets.  Each is written in iambic meter.  The first has lines of 8 syllables each, the second has lines of 4 syllables each, the third has lines of 8 syllables each, the fourth has lines of 6 syllables each and the fifth has lines of 4 syllables each.  The rhyming pattern matches the syllables in that the 8 syllable lines rhyme, the 4 syllable lines rhyme and the 6 syllable lines rhyme.  The form looks as follows:

********A
********A

****B
****B

********A
********A

******C
******C

****B
****B

Each * represents a syllable and each letter identifies the rhyming pattern.

Here is an example poem in this form:

The garden does have grass and weeds,
but in the beds no growth from seeds,

the weeds are tare,
the grass grows fair,

but seeds of plants that look like beads,
do not there sprout and grow on leads,

the cause of this defeat,
does come from the sun’s heat:

the heat is there,
so work can’t fare.

This experimental poetry form can be used in a variety of situations.  Please feel free to use this experimental poetry form in writing poetry.

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