Experimental Poetry Form: Word counts, word groupings, and repeats

This experimental poetry form is based off of word counts, word groupings, and repeats.  The form consists of six lines.  Each line has eight words.  In the first three lines, the words are grouped as follows: [Words 1 – 4] [Words 5 – 8].  Those groups are then used for the repeats in the next three lines.  Here is what the form looks like:

Line A: [A Words 1 – 4] [A Words 5 – 8]

Line B: [B Words 1 – 4] [B Words 5 – 8]

Line C: [C Words 1 – 4] [C Words 5 – 8]

Line D: [B Words 1 – 4] [A Words 5 – 8]

Line E: [C Words 1 – 4] [B Words 5 – 8]

Line F: [A Words 1 – 4] [C Words 5 – 8]

 

Here is an example poem written using the form:

The man went somewhere he had never known.

He saw things that he had never seen.

He had an experience he would tell about.

He saw things that he had never known.

He had an experience he had never seen.

The man went somewhere he would tell about.

 

This poem was written in stages.  The first three lines were written.  As they were written, the groups were marked.  Then the groups were cut and pasted to make the next three lines.  Then the lines were checked to make sure that lines 4 – 6 made sense.  Then any needed alterations to make the lines all make sense were made.

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