Experimental Poetry Form: revolve

This experimental poetry form is called revolve.  It is a simple form, but could be complex if a poet wanted.

The form consists of five words that revolve in position.  In the first line, the words, represented by letters, are as such:

A B C D E

In the second line, the words revolve position:

B C D E A

In the third line, they revolve again:

C D E A B

Again in the fourth line:

D E A B C

Again in the fifth line:

E A B C D

And in the sixth line, the words return to their original positions:

A B C D E

As a poem, the form looks like:

A B C D E
B C D E A
C D E A B
D E A B C
E A B C D
A B C D E

If a poet wanted the form usage to be simple, they could simply have five words that rotate.  The words might relate to the same topic or connect in some way.

Alternatively, a poet could try to select words that make sense in all the orderings.  This would make the form usage more complex.  It might also require the use of punctuation to make the word orders make sense.

Additionally, a poet could take it a step further and have all the lines make sense as a unit, such that the poem felt like a paragraph.  This would be much more complex.

If a poet went with the simple usage, the idea would be to have a poem that doesn’t conform to the idea of sentences or phrases.  It would express ideas simply with individual words.

If a poet went with the complex usage, the idea would be to have a poem that demonstrated a poetic skill, in addition to getting a message across.

Below is an example poem that is somewhere between the simple and the complex use of the form:

Quickly lilies drinking spring sunlight.
Lilies drinking spring sunlight quickly.
Drinking spring sunlight, quickly lilies.
Spring sunlight, quickly lilies drinking.
Sunlight, quickly lilies drinking spring.
Quickly lilies drinking spring sunlight.

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Experimental Poetry Form: Twenty words

This experimental poetry form is called twenty words.  As the name implies, it has twenty words.  In addition to that, there are other form requirements.  Those requirements pertain to number of stanzas, lines per stanza, line indentions, line breaks and rhyming.  The idea was to add to the simple notion of a twenty word poem.

The structure is as follows:

A three word line
A two word line
A line break
A one word line, that is a rhyming word, indented two spaces
A line break
A two word line
A three word line
A line break
A three word line, indented four spaces
A line break
A one word line, that is a rhyming word, indented two spaces
A two word line
A line break
A two word line, indented four spaces
A line break
A one word line, that is a rhyming word.

Here is an example poem written in the form:

The clock ticks
seconds pass

  flowing.

Each moment
moves ever onward.

    Birds fly away

  knowing
time passes

    onward never

slowing.

Experimental Poetry Form: 8/30/3 with choice

The following experimental poetry form combines line count, syllable count and rhyme in a form that has some choice regarding its application.

In the form there are:

Eight lines.  The poet can choose the stanza structure for those lines.

Thirty syllables.  There is no syllable count per line requirement.  The poet can choose how many syllables are in each line under the thirty syllable restriction.

Three lines that rhyme.  The poet can choose which three of the eight lines rhyme.

Here is an example poem written in the form:

X-rays,
dangerous?

What gave you that idea?

That thick lead wall,
that’s so tall?

That’s just there …

BEEP

hold on, have to run to the hall.

Experimental Poetry Form: bottom to top

This experimental poetry form is called bottom to top.  The poem is one stanza of eight lines, with each line having eight syllables.  The “bottom to top” aspect comes from the idea that the poem should be written such that the bottom line is the first line to be read and the top line is the last line to be read.  The poem should be written such that the lines should be read in the order below:

8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1

The line marked 1 should be read first, the line marked 2 should be read second, the line marked 3 should be read third and so forth.  The idea is to experiment with the convention that writing is read from the top of the page to the bottom.

When writing the poem, a poet doesn’t have to think of the last line first.  Rather, a poet can write line 1 first, then line 2 and so forth.  That being said, it might be a challenge to write the poem the other way, starting with the ending and working backwards.

When presenting the poem, a poet might experiment with two scenarios.  In one scenario, they have a note stating how the poem should be read.  In the other scenario, they just present the poem.  They could see, if possible, how readers react in each situation to the same poem.

Experimental Poetry Form: dactylic meter with rhyme

Today’s poetry form combines dactylic meter with rhyme.  The form contains one stanza of five lines.  Lines 1 and 3 rhyme.  Lines 2, 4 and 5 rhyme.  Each line contains four dactylic feet (thereby each having 12 syllables).  Below is what the form looks like.  The meter is marked with a * for the stressed syllables and a ~ for the unstressed syllables.  The rhymes are marked R1 and R2.

*~~*~~*~~*~~ R1
*~~*~~*~~*~~ R2
*~~*~~*~~*~~ R1
*~~*~~*~~*~~ R2
*~~*~~*~~*~~ R2

Experimental Poetry Form: two triangles

This experimental poetry form is called two triangles, and is based off of word count, page layout and rhyme.

The poem is centered on the page.  The first line has ten words, the second nine, the third eight, and so forth to the tenth line which has one word.  The eleventh line also has one word, the twelfth has two, the thirteenth has three, and this continues to the twentieth line which has ten words.  Lines of equal word count rhyme.

Below is what the form looks like.  A * represents a word.

**********
*********
********
*******
******
*****
****
***
**
*
*
**
***
****
*****
******
*******
********
*********
**********

The rhyming pattern is:

A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
J
I
H
G
F
E
D
C
B
A

Experimental Poetry Form: nine squares

This experimental poetry form is called nine squares.  The poem is mainly based on the layout on the page.

The poem consists of nine stanzas.  Each stanza is a square.  Each stanza consists of three lines, with three words per line.  The poem is laid out in nine squares as shown below:

***                         ***                         ***
***                         ***                         ***
***                         ***                         ***

 

***                         ***                         ***
***                         ***                         ***
***                         ***                         ***

 

***                         ***                         ***
***                         ***                         ***
***                         ***                         ***

Each * represents a word and each block of *’s represents a stanza.  Depending on what the poet wants, the poem could be read by row or by column.  The spacing between columns can be variable as long as it is consistent between columns and gives the look of blocks as shown above.  The same notion applies to the spacing between rows.

 

P. S. This is the one hundredth “singular” experimental poetry form on this blog. It is the one hundredth experimental poetry from that isn’t in some way part of something else, such as a post series.

Experimental Poetry Form: increasing rhyme

Today’s experimental poetry form is called increasing rhyme.  It is similar to the experimental poetry form from yesterday’s post.

Like the experimental poetry form from yesterday, this form has four stanzas, each with four lines.  In yesterday’s post, the number of four syllable lines increased with each stanza.  In this form, the number of rhyming lines increases with each stanza.

In the first stanza, none of the lines rhyme.

In the second stanza, the last two lines rhyme with each other.

In the third stanza, the last three lines rhyme with each other.

In the fourth stanza, all four lines rhyme with each other.

The rhymes are contained within each stanza.  The rhyming lines from one stanza do not rhyme with the rhyming lines from the other stanzas.

Here is what the form looks like with the non-rhyming lines noted with an * and the rhyming sets noted with letters:

*
*
*
*

*
*
A
A

*
B
B
B

C
C
C
C

Experimental Poetry Form: increasing four

This experimental poetry form is called increasing four.  It is based off the form used in the poem in yesterday’s post.

This form contains four stanzas.  Each stanza contains four lines.

In the first stanza, the first three lines have three syllables each, and the last line has four.

In the second stanza, the first two lines have three syllables each, and the next two have four each.

In the third stanza, the first line has three syllables and the remaining three lines have four syllables each.

In the fourth stanza, all the lines have four syllables each.

The idea is that the number of four syllable lines increases with each stanza according to a pattern.

Here is what the form looks like with the syllable counts for each line shown:

3
3
3
4

3
3
4
4

3
4
4
4

4
4
4
4