Experimental Poetry Form: combined syllable and word count

This experimental poetry form combines two elements together: syllable count and word count.  Rather than having some lines be determined by syllable count and others by word count though, this form puts both together on each line.

The poetry form has three stanzas.  Each stanza has four lines.  Each line has both four syllables and three words.

This means that each line has two one syllable words and one two syllable word.

The idea is to make all the lines sound the same in terms of length.  If only syllable count were used, there might be a variability in the number of words in each line.  The lines still have a variation in sound though, in that the word order could be (in terms of syllable count): 1 1 2, 1 2 1, or 2 1 1 (where, in this count, the two one syllable words can’t be distinguished)).

The form is generally simple, however there could be moments where getting the syllable and word count form to work and have the poem flow and make sense might be a little difficult.  Also, it could be difficult, to not use any three syllable words.  To make it easier, nothing else was added to the form, such as rhyming.

Here is an example poem:

Kneaded eraser

There is kneading,
a tiny ball,
a tiny cube,
and unknown shapes.

It dabs cleanly,
making white spots,
as it’s useful,
by the intent.

Yet at moments,
when fingers move,
every new form,
makes life content.

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