Experimental Poetry Form: Two Stanzas

Stanzas: 2
Lines in first stanza: 6
Lines in second stanza: 2
Meter: Iambic tetrameter
Rhyming pattern:
 First Stanza: ABCCBA
 Second Stanza: CC

There are a few ideas involved in this experimental poetry form.

The first idea is the mirror symmetry of the rhyming pattern in the first stanza.  This accomplishes a couple of things.  First, the middle C rhyme is emphasized more than the A or B rhymes because the two rhyming lines are together.  Second, the rhyming pattern in some way leads in and then leads out.  It is almost as if it has an open and a close.

The second idea is the way the form looks.  There is a medium length stanza, followed by a couplet.  The couplet is set apart visually from the medium length stanza.  The idea is to present a main part, followed by a conclusion, observation, or some sort of reflection.

Another idea, which is tied to the symmetry of the first stanza, is that the rhyme of the second stanza matches the rhyme of the middle rhyme of the first stanza.  This further emphasizes the rhyme.

Another aspect of the form is that all the lines have the same meter.  This leads to the focus of the form being on the way the form looks and on the rhyming pattern.

Lastly, the form is relatively brief, which affects the type and way ideas are presented.

Here is an example poem using this form:

Homeless night

Upon the ground during the night,
without a sense of sleep or rest,
the homeless man does wait for dawn,
when the cold night will then be gone,
and light of day will end his test,
and his cold time of darkened plight.

And as the time of dark moves on,
the man lays still upon the lawn.

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