Experimental Poetry Form: Five sets of two

This experimental poetry form is called five sets of two.  It has five sets of two lines each.  Each set of lines has the same qualities.  Although the lines in each set are part of a set, no sets have lines that are adjacent to each other.  There is only one stanza, not five sets of couplets.  The similarity of the lines, but the fact that they are mixed up in one stanza, is part of the experiment of the form.

Below is the order of the lines.  Each pair of the same letters is a set.

A
C
D
B
E
D
B
A
C
E

Here are the qualities of each set:

A – Six syllables, iambic meter, rhyme, no indention

B – These lines are the same and are indented two spaces, no other requirements

C – Eight syllables, no meter, no rhyme, indented three spaces

D – Ten syllables, iambic meter, no rhyme, no indention

E – Eight syllables, rhyme, no meter, indented two spaces

 

Here is an example poem written in the form:

Lost

Alone at night beneath,                           
   an enclosed roof of dark tree tops,
surrounded by uncertainty that’s like,
  a fog that shrouds,                                      
  as the mind willfully denies,
the thoughts of what it knows does hide within,
  a fog that shrouds,
a fear that has sharp teeth,                                                           
   and there in the cave of dark trees,
  huddled, a form wears a disguise.     

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