Experimental Poetry Form: Refrains

A
B
C – R

          D – R

E
F – R

          D – R

G
H
I – R

          D – R

This experimental poetry form has a number of elements.

There are six stanzas (assuming refrain lines are considered stanzas).  There is a three line stanza, followed by a refrain line.  Then a two line stanza, followed by the refrain line.  Then a three line stanza, followed by the refrain line.

As noted above, the form has three refrain lines.  The refrain lines are indented ten spaces.

All of the lines are written in iambic tetrameter.

The last lines of each multiline stanza rhyme, along with the refrain lines.

The main aspect of this form is the refrain.  The idea here is to repeat the line for significance.  The rhyming also adds to that effect.

Here is an example poem written in the form:

When after a small step that’s short,
a hammer strikes upon the back,
and to the floor a form does fall,

          a sense of life does fill it all.

A cringe, a wince and then the breath,
as light does flee without a call,

          a sense of life does fill it all.

As one does stand and see that space,
a soft white cloud does float on down,
and rest upon the broken wall,

          a sense of life does fill it all.

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