Experimental Poetry Form: mirror

Today’s experimental poetry form is called mirror.  The poem has two stanzas, one on the left and one on the right.  Each stanza has three lines.  Each line has five words.  Each line in the right stanza, has the same words as the corresponding line in the left stanza, except the words are in the reverse order.  If each word is represented by a letter, here is what the form looks like:

A B C D E                                                            E D C B A
F G H I J                                                               J I H G F
K L M N O                                                          O N M L K

The trick to the form, is finding lines that make sense both forwards and backwards, and also make sense in stanzas.  It can help that poetry doesn’t always have to follow grammar rules.

Here is an example poem using the form:

Wilbur left Susan crying softly,                             Softly crying Susan left Wilbur,
rain and darkness surrounding all,                     all surrounding darkness and rain,
emptiness and sorrow covering quietly.            quietly covering sorrow and emptiness.

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Experimental Poetry Form: anapestic meter with rhyme

Today’s experimental poetry form uses anapestic meter.  In each foot of this meter there are two short syllables followed by a long one.  It is the meter you might hear in a limerick.

In the form, there is one stanza with eight lines.  Each line has two anapestic feet.  In the form, lines two and four rhyme, and lines six and eight rhyme.  With the unstressed syllables noted with an -, the stress syllables noted with an *, and the rhyming lines noted with R and a number, the form looks as follows:

– – * – – *
– – * – – * R 1
– – * – – *
– – * – – * R 1
– – * – – *
– – * – – * R 2
– – * – – *
– – * – – * R 2

Here is an example poem using the form:

The small dog did have wings,
and it flew in the sky.
And the birds they did watch,
as the dog it flew by.
Then they asked how it flew,
and the dog it did say,
that it flew with its wings,
that it flew just like they.

 

As a note, there will be new blog post on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things November 22, 2018 – November 25, 2018.  The next new post will be on November 26, 2018.  Happy Thanksgiving.

Experimental Poetry Form: two, three, four

This experimental poetry form is called two, three, four.  It is based off of the number of letters in words.

The form has one stanza with three lines.  Each line has three words.  The first word in each line has two letters, the second word in each line has three letters, and the third word in each line has four letters.  Here is what the form looks like with *’s representing letters:

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

Here is an example poem:

As fog came,
so did fear,
to the mind.

Experimental Poetry Form: homophones, homographs, and synonyms

Today’s experimental poetry form is called homophones, homographs, and synonyms.  Homophones are words that sound the same.  Homographs are words that look the same.  Synonyms are words that mean the same thing.

The form consists of three couplets.  The couplets combine the use of homophones, homographs, and or synonyms in pairs.  These words appear at the beginning and ends of the couplets.  Other than these restrictions, the couplets can be written as a poet wishes.  Here are how the couplets are laid out:

Homophone 1 … Homograph 1
Homophone 1 … Homograph 1

Homograph 2 … Synonym 1
Homograph 2 … Synonym 1

Synonym 2 … Homophone 2
Synonym 2 … Homophone 2

In the form the number sets go together.  So homophone one indicates two words that sound the same.  Homograph one indicates two words spelled the same.  Synonym one indicates two words that mean the same thing.  This idea applies to all the pairs.

Below is an example poem illustrating the form.  As can be seen, it can be difficult to have a poem written in this form make sense.  It can be useful for imagery though.

“Red clouds were drawn with the pen”,
read the man within the pen.

Bats did swing and balls did fly.
Bats did fly and quickly did soar.

Imaginary clouds made of lead,
pretend bats are never led.

Experimental Poetry Form: circle eight

This experimental poetry form is called circle eight.  It has eight stanzas.  Each stanza has three lines.  Each lines has three words.  The stanzas are laid out in a circle that is read clockwise.  The stanzas are around the circle in roughly the pattern that would be gotten by bisecting a circle four times.  Below is what the form looks like with the stanzas represented by sets of three letters.

                                                        AAA

                            HHH                                                  BBB

 

                   GGG                                                                     CCC

 

                            FFF                                                    DDD

                                                        EEE

Experimental Poetry Form: carried over words

This experimental poetry form consists of one stanza with five lines.  Each of the lines has three words.  From the second through the fifth line, one word carries over from the line before.  Here is what the form looks like with each non-repeated word noted with *’s and the carried over words noted with letters:

* B *

* B F

H * F

H * M

* * M

 

As can be seen, the second word of line one, becomes the second word of line two.  The third word of line two, becomes the third word of line three.  The first word of line three, becomes the first word of line four.  The third word of line four, becomes the third word of line five.

Here is an example poem:

The pumpkins run!
All pumpkins flee!
You must flee!
You see there –
Halloween is there!

Experimental Poetry Form: four fours

This experimental poetry form is called four fours.

In the form, there are four stanzas.  Each stanza has four lines.  Each line has four words.  Each word has four letters.  The form looks as follows, with *’s representing letters.

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

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

**** **** **** ****
**** **** **** ****
**** **** **** ****
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Experimental Poetry Form: a cup of T

Today’s experimental poetry form is called a cup of T.  It is based on a play on words of the expression “a cup of tea”.  The form is based off of layout on the page and word count.

The form has five words.  They are laid out as such:

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

As can be seen, it looks like the letter “T” inside of something.  This is the idea of a cup of T.

In using the form, the five words can be separate words, or there can be a flow between them.

Here is an example poem using the form:

 

Y           Famous        N
o                 S              e
u                 o              v
’                  n              e
v                 g              r
e
              Heard

Experimental Poetry Form: one word separated into letters

Today’s experimental poetry form is called one word separated into letters.  The form consists of one word with the letters of the word on separate lines.  Each letter is indented a number of spaces equivalent to the number of the position of the letter in the alphabet.

To use the form, select a word.  Then take the word and write each letter on one line.  Then figure out the placement of each letter of the word in the alphabet.  You can just count or use the information below.

A – 1
B – 2
C – 3
D – 4
E – 5
F – 6
G – 7
H – 8
I – 9
J – 10
K – 11
L – 12
M – 13
N – 14
O – 15
P – 16
Q – 17
R – 18
S – 19
T – 20
U – 21
V – 22
W – 23
X – 24
Y – 25
Z – 26

Then indent each of the letters of the word by the value of its placement in the alphabet.

The idea of the form is to add impact to the presentation of a single word.  By having the word spaced out and broken up the reader has to put more focus into reading the word.  This increases the impact of the word and helps make a single word a poem.

Here is an example poem using the form:

      f
                  r
         i
       g
        h
                    t
     e
              n
     e
    d

Experimental Poetry Form: C

This experimental poetry form is called C.  It is based on layout on the page and syllable count.

The form has three lines, two that are horizontal and one that is vertical.  These lines make the C shape.  Each line has ten syllables.  The letters at the corners work for both lines they are in.

Below is what the form looks like with *’s representing the syllables.  The corner letters are marked with ^’s.

^**********
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
^**********

Here is an example poem using the form:

Have you ever seen a kangaroo hop?
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p
p
i
n
g

a
r
o
u
n
d

l
i
k
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y
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u

n
e
v
e
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c
o
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l
d

d
of course, it may wonder just how you walk.
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