Experimental Poetry Form: Stanzas, syllables and repeats

This experimental poetry form has three stanzas.  The form is based on three variables: the number of lines in each stanza, the number of syllables in each line and repeats.

The first stanza has eight lines.  The first six lines are eight syllables long each, and the last two lines are six syllables long each.

The second stanza has five lines.  The first two lines are six syllables long each, and the last three lines are eight syllables long each.

The third stanza has seven lines.  The first three lines have eight syllables each, and the last four lines have four syllables each.

The stanza lengths flow from long, to short, to medium, and the line lengths flow from long, to medium, to long, to short.

In the form, there are two sets of repeats.  The first line of the first stanza is the same as the first line of the last stanza.  Also, the first six syllable line is the same as the last six syllable line.

The form looks like below.  The groups are the stanzas, the numbers indicate the number of syllables in a line, and the letters show the lines that are repeated.

8A
8
8
8
8
8
6B
6

6
6B
8
8
8

8A
8
8
4
4
4
4

 

The form has no meter and no intentional rhyming other than the repeated lines.

Although the description of the form is slightly lengthy, since the main aspect of the form is syllable count, it is not intended to be difficult to use.

The form has a number of attributes that could influence a poem written in it.

First, because the first line of the first stanza and the first line of the last stanza are the same, it provides continuity between them.  Near the end of the poem, the reader is reminded of some aspect at the beginning of the poem.

Also, the first stanza is tied to the second stanza because the first stanza ends with two six syllable lines and the second stanza starts with two six syllable lines.  In addition the first six syllable line of the first stanza, is the same as the last six syllable line of the second stanza.  This also provides a connection.

Additionally, the first stanza is also tied to the second and third stanzas because the first stanza is mirrored in the second and third stanzas.  The first stanza has a syllable count of 88888866 and the second and third stanzas together have a syllable count of 668888884444.  It can be seen that the eight and six syllable counts mirror each other.

In another potential influence, because the last four lines of the poem are shorter than all the rest, they can help bring the poem to a close.  This is because the lines sound different than the previous lines and because their shortness can force succinctness on ideas.

Lastly, because the stanza lengths flow from long, to short, to medium, this flow could have an effect on a poem that uses the form.  Similarly, because the line lengths flow from long, to medium, to long, to short, this also could have an effect.

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