Post Series: Advent: Experimental Poetry Form: Advent

Today’s experimental poetry form is called Advent.  It contains one stanza.  It is an acrostic form of the word Advent.  In the form, there are 40 syllables (the number of days in Advent).  The first through the fourth line have eight syllables each.  The fifth and sixth lines have four syllables each.  The lines are in different Christmas colors.  The lines starting with A and V are colored red, the lines starting with D and E are colored green.  The N line is silver.  The T line is gold.  Additionally, there is a rhyming pattern.  The A and V lines rhyme, the D and E lines rhyme, and the N and T lines rhyme.  Here is a summary of the form:

A 8 Red R1
D 8 Green R2
V 8 Red R1
E 8 Green R2
N 4 Silver R3
T 4 Gold R3

Here is an example poem in the form:

Another season has now come.
Doing many things from a list.
Very quickly it covers some,
enveloping like a strange mist.
No, tasks aren’t why
this time comes by.

Experimental Poetry Form: filter

Today’s experimental poetry form is called filter.

In the form, there are two stanzas.  Each stanza has three lines.  Each line has five words.

In the first stanza, each word must contain the letter “a”.  In the second stanza, none of the words can contain the letter “a”.  The idea is that the letter “a” was “filtered out” between the first and the second stanza.

Here is an example poem using the form:

Many emails arrive each day.
Communication has acquired great ease.
Substantial contemplation has apparently disappeared.

Letters used to be costly.
Thought with effort were there.
Words needed to signify something.

Experimental Poetry Form: scatter

Today’s experimental poetry form is called scatter.  In the form, there are twenty words scattered on the page.  The words are read from left to right and from top to bottom.  The poet can decide the exact positions of the words.

Here is an example poem written in the form:

It           is

                                       amazing               how            few   people

 

 

are                                             really

 

 

                     in                                        to               the           things

 

        that                          are                                  perceived

 

to                           be                    the                                      most

 

popular.

Experimental Poetry Form: four, four word steps

Today’s experimental poetry form is called four, four word steps.  In the form, there are four stanzas.  Each stanza has two lines.  Each line has two words.  The second, third, and fourth stanzas are indented ten, twenty, and thirty spaces respectively.  Here is what the form looks like

**
**

          **
          **

                    **
                    **

                              **
                              **

Here is an example poem written in the form:

Observance matters
each time.

          Days come
          and go.

                    Without thinking
                    they pass.

                              Without observance
                              meaning’s lost.

Experimental Poetry Form: Halloween

Happy Halloween!

Today’s experimental poetry form is called Halloween.  It is an acrostic poem of the word Halloween with additional attributes.

First, the lines that start with consonants rhyme and those that start with vowels rhyme.

Second, each line has nine syllables (as many as there are letters in Halloween).

Third, every other line is indented two spaces.

Here is what the form looks like:

H – R1, 9 syllables
  A – R2, 9 syllables
L – R1, 9 syllables
  L – R1, 9 syllables
O – R2, 9 syllables
  W – R1, 9 syllables
E – R2, 9 syllables
  E – R2, 9 syllables
N – R1, 9 syllables

Here is an example poem written in the form:

Goblins

Halloween has arrived on this night,
  and upon the lanes the goblins roam,
like ghosts of smoke they stay out of sight,
  like apparitions they fear the light.
O’ their dark deeds could fill a large tome,
  with tales of dark fear and such great fright.
Everyone out should surely go home.
  Each goblin lurks as its mouth does foam.
None should be out till the sun shines bright.

Experimental Poetry Form: four columns

Today’s experimental poetry form is called four columns.  It is the same basic notion as yesterday’s experimental poetry form, but instead of three columns, this form has four.  In the form, there are four columns, each with ten lines.  Each column has approximately the same width.  Here is an example poem to illustrate the form:

The man stood
upon the land
looking out
to mountains
and thought that
in their height
and all their size
he saw himself
as there he stood
upon the soil.
The man stood
breathed inside
and felt the air
from all around.
In the moment
what he breathed
he thought inside
was timeless
as in it went
and out again.
The man stood
watching the fire
as all the flames
upon the wood
danced about
and mesmerized
as the smoke
in wisps
drifted away
to the sky.
The man stood
within the sea
and felt the waves
move around
his legs and waist
as he stood
and looked out
before they ended
with a crash
upon the shore.

 

This poem is about the four elements and pride.  The first column is about earth, the second air, the third fire, and the fourth water.  This notion fits with the four column design.

In each column, the man sees something or himself as great and does not realize his lowness.

Experimental Poetry Form: three columns

Today’s experimental poetry form is called three columns.  As the name suggests, it contains three columns.  Each column has ten lines and each column should have an equal width.  Here is an example poem to illustrate the form:

The dog is going
to the vet today.
He doesn’t want to go.
He doesn’t know
he’s going to go,
but still,
he doesn’t want to go.
Still,
going to the vet,
is important.
The man is going
to the doctor today.
He doesn’t want to go.
He doesn’t know,
he’s going to go,
but still,
he doesn’t want to go.
Still,
going to the doctor,
is important.
The child is going
to the dentist today.
He doesn’t want to go.
He doesn’t know,
he’s going to go,
but still,
he doesn’t want to go.
Still,
going to the dentist,
is important.

 

This example poem takes the idea of the three columns further, and uses a pattern.  In each poem, the being going somewhere is changed and where they are going is changed.  Everything else is the same.  The idea in this case is to reinforce the idea about a being getting needed medical care, not knowing they are going to get it, and them not really wanting to go.

Experimental Poetry Form: inside the box

Today’s experimental poetry form is called inside the box.  The form is based off of layout on the page.

It consists of two main elements: a box and a line within the box.  A poet can decide how the two elements relate to each other.

The box can be any size and should be a rectangle.  The line must only be one line and must fit within the box.  The top line of the box should be read first, the left line second, the right line third, the bottom line fourth, and the inner line fifth.  The lines on the left and right are read from top to bottom.  The other lines are read from left to right

Here is what the form looks like:

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

Here is an example poem to illustrate the form:

There were five days of exercising.
W                                                    A
e                                                     n
i
g                                                     e
h                                                     l
t                                                      l
s                                                     p
–                                                     t
w    Six pounds were gained.     i
e                                                    c
r                                                     a
e                                                    l

l                                                    w
i                                                    a
f                                                    s
t
e                                                  u
d                                                  s
.                                                   e
–                                                  d
–                                                   .
Healthier food was eaten as well.

Experimental Poetry Form: pear

Today’s experimental poetry form is called pear.  It based off of layout on the page.  The form is centered on the page to make the design easier.  It generally looks as follows:

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

 

The general idea is to have a poem in the shape of a pear.

Here is an example poem:

up
in
an
oak
tree
pears
were        there.
No            one
knew              why
or                    how
they                        got
there                              but
there                                 they
were.                                      It
seemed                                               odd
but                                                     they
were                                                        good
and                                                               so
no                                                                    one
gave                                                                      it
much                                                           thought.
Then                                                                       one
day                                                                       the
last                                                                      pear
was                                                                    picked
and                                                                 none
grew                                                            to
take                                                     its
place.                                           For
years                                     acorns
were       hopefully       planted.

Experimental Poetry Form: footprints

Today’s poetry form is called footprints.  It is based off of layout on the page and letter counts.  The form looks as follows:

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

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

In the form, there are twenty words – ten on the first line, and ten on the second.  Each word is separated by five spaces.  The second line is indented five spaces.  Each word is five letters.

The idea is that the words resemble footprints.  Each footprint (word) is the same length, there is an equal amount of length between footprints, and the footprints are side by side, but offset.

When reading the poem, it should be read alternating from one line to the other, like feet walk.  The first word read, is the first word of the first line.  The second word read, is the first word of the second line.  The third word read, is the second word of the first line.  The forth word read, is the second word of the second line.  This pattern continues for the whole poem.

Here is an example poem:

Ideas     among     minds     where     glows     night     while     among     speak     words

     known     human     dwell     light     after     wanes     hopes     stars     quiet     aloud.