Experimental Poetry Form: Three Coins

On May 22, 2015, there was an experimental poetry form on this blog called Two coins.  This experimental poetry form goes one step further and is based off of three coins.  Like before, assuming the three coins can’t be distinguished from one another, they can be arranged in the following ways:

Heads Heads Tails

Heads Tails Heads

Heads Tails Tails

Heads Heads Heads

Tails Heads Heads

Tails Tails Heads

Tails Heads Tails

Tails Tails Tails

 

Like before, using these arrangements, a poetry form could be developed.  One idea, similar to before, would be to have eight stanzas of three lines each.  They could be arranged as above and be like:

Line with characteristic H
Line with characteristic H
Line with characteristic T

Line with characteristic H
Line with characteristic T
Line with characteristic H

Line with characteristic H
Line with characteristic T
Line with characteristic T

Line with characteristic H
Line with characteristic H
Line with characteristic H

Line with characteristic T
Line with characteristic H
Line with characteristic H

Line with characteristic T
Line with characteristic T
Line with characteristic H

Line with characteristic T
Line with characteristic H
Line with characteristic T

Line with characteristic T
Line with characteristic T
Line with characteristic T

 

The differing characteristics could be many things.  Things like syllable count, meter or rhyme could be used.  So, for example, a poet could decide to make all H lines have ten syllables and all T lines have six.  In addition, they could decide that, within a stanza, all H lines would rhyme and all T lines would rhyme.  There are many possible variations based off of the general form above.

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