Experimental Poetry Form: Paragraph of poems

This experimental poetry form is a paragraph that consists of ten sentences.  The paragraph is formed in three stages.

In the first stage, ten poems are written.  Each poem consists of three lines.  The syllable counts for each line are noted below.  Each poem should be self-contained, but should flow from one to the next.  The syllable counts of the lines are:

Poem 1: 4, 4, 4

Poem 2: 7, 7, 4

Poem 3: 6, 6, 8

Poem 4: 8, 8, 2

Poem 5: 5, 5, 5

Poem 6: 8, 6, 4

Poem 7: 3, 3, 7

Poem 8: 4, 7, 4

Poem 9: 5, 4, 3

Poem 10: 2, 8, 8

In the second stage, each three line poem is written as a sentence.  The words are kept the same, but punctuation is changed as necessary.

In the third stage, the sentences are put together to form one paragraph.

The idea of this form is to see how writing the sentences of a paragraph as three line poems first, changes how the paragraph sounds, compared to how it would sound had the sentences been written in a free style.

To illustrate the form, here is an example with three sentences.  In the first stage, three poems are written using the syllable counts noted above:

 

Poem 1:

 Mowing the grass,
 it didn’t seem,
 to be so hot.

Poem 2:

 But once the mower was pushed,
 back and forth across the lawn,
 it did seem so.

Poem 3:

 Sweat was on the forehead,
 and soaked through the t-shirt,
 and seemed to drip onto the ground.

 

In the second stage, those poems are written as sentences:

Sentence 1: Mowing the grass, it didn’t seem to be so hot.

Sentence 2: But once the mower was pushed back and forth across the lawn, it did seem so.

Sentence 3:  Sweat was on the forehead, and soaked through the t-shirt, and seemed to drip onto the ground.

 

In the third stage, those sentences are combined into a paragraph:

Mowing the grass, it didn’t seem to be so hot.  But once the mower was pushed back and forth across the lawn, it did seem so.  Sweat was on the forehead, and soaked through the t-shirt, and seemed to drip onto the ground.

 

The idea here, is that writing the sentences as poems first, had an influence on how the paragraph sounded once it was done.  The paragraph, presumably, would sound different, had it been written simply as a normal paragraph.

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