Experimental Poetry Form: Indention

This experimental poetry form is based on indentions.  The idea of the form is to see how different indention patterns can affect a poem.  The poetry form looks as follows.  The number of indention spaces for each line is noted in parenthesis.

      Line A (6)
      Line B (6)

      Line C (6)
     Line D (5)
    Line E (4)

                                                  Line F (50)

          Line G (10)
          Line H (10)
          Line I (10)
          Line J (10)

   Line K (3)
     Line L (5)
             Line M (13)
       Line N (7)
             Line O (13)

 

The first stanza has lines that are indented six spaces.  The purpose of this is to see how a poem is affected by having the first lines indented a significant amount.

The second stanza has lines that progressively decrease in their indention.  It may be more traditional to see lines increase in their indention, and so the purpose of the indention pattern in this stanza is to see the effect of the opposite pattern.  The first line of the stanza has the same indention as the last line of the stanza before it, to make the transition between the two easier.

The third stanza is one line and is indented fifty spaces.  The point of this indention is to see how a large single indention can affect a poem.  The effect may be more dramatic because of the decreasing indentions of the previous stanza.

The fourth stanza has four lines, that are each indented ten spaces.  The purpose of the indention is to see how an indented block of lines affects a poem.

The fifth stanza has a random indention pattern.  This pattern was formed by selecting the top five playing cards in a shuffled deck and indenting the lines to match the values of the cards (13 was for kings).  The point of this stanza was to see how a random indention pattern in a stanza affects a poem.

Other than the stanza and indention pattern, there are no other restrictions on the form such as meter or rhyming.  Other restrictions though, such as line length, could have an additional impact on how an indention pattern affects a poem.  For example, indenting one word or the last word in a sentence may have an additional affect.

As a note, there will be no blog posts posted to M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things on Thursday November 27, 2014 – Sunday November 30, 2014.

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