Experimental Poetry Form: 8-4-6 ordering

This experimental poetry form is structured on the different ways the numbers 8, 4, and 6 can be ordered.  They can be ordered as follows:

8-4-6
8-6-4
4-6-8
4-8-6
6-8-4
6-4-8

In the form, there are six stanzas each with three lines.  In each stanza, the lines have syllable counts that match the ordered numbers above.  So, the first stanza has eight syllables in its first line, four syllables in its second and six syllables in its third.  The second stanza has eight syllables in its first line, six syllables in its second, and four syllables in its third.  This continues for the remaining four stanzas.

In this experimental form, the lines have iambic meter and there is no rhyming.

This experimental poetry form can have many variations.  For example, the lines could have no meter or a meter other than iambic.  Additionally, the lines could incorporate a rhyming pattern (for example, by having lines with matching syllable counts rhyme).  Also, the order of the stanzas could be changed.  Additionally, the lines could be based on word count, instead of syllable count.

In a greater variation, other experimental poetry forms could be based on ordering numbers.  Numbers other than 8, 4, and 6 could be used and more numbers could be used.

The intent of this experimental poetry form is to examine how differing combinations of relatively short, medium and long syllable counts in stanzas can affect a poem.  For example, how does a stanza that starts with a long line, differ from one that starts with a short line?  Or, how does a stanza with a short line in the middle, differ from one with a short line at the end?

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