Experimental Poetry Form: Two coins

This experimental poetry form is based off of the idea of having two coins.  If there are two coins, assuming they can’t be distinguished from each other, they can be arranged in the following ways:

Heads Heads
Tails Tails
Heads Tails
Tails Heads

(Assuming the coins could be distinguished from each other, there would be different arrangements, for example instead of “Tails Tails” there would be “Tails (Coin 1) Tails (Coin 2)/ Tails (Coin 2) Tails (Coin 1)”)

Using these arrangements, a poetry form can be developed.  One idea would be to have four couplets using two types of lines.  The couplets could be arranged like above:

Line with characteristics A
Line with characteristics A

Line with characteristics B
Line with characteristics B

Line with characteristics A
Line with characteristics B

Line with characteristics B
Line with characteristics A

 

The characteristics could vary.  One idea would be to have the A characteristics be:

 eight syllables, iambic meter, rhyme one

and have the B characteristics be:

 eight syllables, trochaic meter, rhyme two

The idea is that each characteristic set represents one side of a coin.  They both have the same value (eight syllables), but they are opposite each other (iambic vs. trochaic meter) and they look different (rhyme one vs. rhyme two).

As a side note, M. Sakran would be interested to see any poems written and posted in this form today.  If any poet uses this form today, please use the tag “Two Coins” so M. Sakran has the opportunity to find and read the poems.

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