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:

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.

Experimental Poetry Form: strumming fingers

Today’s experimental poetry form is called strumming fingers.

When a person strums their fingers, they might do it with a beat of:

1 pause 2 pause 1, 2, 3

The beat repeats as the person strums.

To translate this to an experimental poetry form, first, there is one line, followed by a line break, then another line, then another line break, then three lines with no breaks.  It looks as follows:


Since the form is based off a beat, the lines have a beat.  For this form, the lines are written in iambic tetrameter.

Since a person would repeat the beat when they strum their fingers, the form repeats three times.

Also the lines rhyme according to their numbers.  The 1 lines rhyme and the 2 lines rhyme in each section.

Here is what the form looks like with *s representing unstressed syllables, /s representing stressed syllables, and letters marking rhyming lines:

*/*/*/*/ A
*/*/*/*/ B
*/*/*/*/ A
*/*/*/*/ B
*/*/*/*/ C
*/*/*/*/ D
*/*/*/*/ C
*/*/*/*/ D
*/*/*/*/ E
*/*/*/*/ F
*/*/*/*/ E
*/*/*/*/ F

Experimental Poetry Form: here’s a tip

This experimental poetry form is based off of the poem: here’s a tip.  The idea was to start with a form that was written naturally, and modify it to have more form elements.

The original poem had five lines.  The first four lines were separated with one blank line between each of them and the fifth line had two blank lines between it and the fourth line.  The lines had the following syllable counts: six, ten, nine, three, and four.  There was no rhyming.  There was no meter.

To modify the original form, the basic structure was kept: four lines with a blank line between each of them and a fifth line with two blank lines setting it apart.  It looks as follows





Secondly, the syllable count was modified to have more of a pattern.  The original counts were: 6, 10, 9, 3, and 4.  This was modified to: 6, 10, 10, 4, and 4.

Third, rhyme was added.  The two ten syllable lines rhyme and the two four syllable lines rhyme.

Fourth, iambic meter was added to the lines.

The end result is a form that looks as follows:


*/*/*/*/*/  A

*/*/*/*/*/  A

*/*/*/*/  B
*/*/*/*/  B

The *s represent short syllables, the /s represent long syllables, and the letters show the rhyming pairs.

The idea of this form is to see how a naturally written form can be transformed into a more structured form and what that results in.

Here is an example poem written in the form:

to see the dial turn

and mark the weight of all the days before

when all did see but then did little more

the eyes do close
from weight of woes

Experimental Poetry Form: backwards limerick

A limerick is a poem written in anapestic meter.  It can look as follows with the *s being unstressed syllables, the /s being stressed syllables, and the letters representing rhyming groups.

**/**/**/ A
**/**/**/ A
**/**/ B
**/**/ B
**/**/**/ A

Today’s experimental poetry form takes the limerick form above, and turns it backwards.  It looks as follows:


The idea of the experiment, is to see how the form sounds with the change.

Here’s a poem written in the form:

The poor dog he did cry all the day,
for the bone it was gone,
out somewhere in the lawn,
but next door a glad dog it did say,
“The nice bone it is mine o’ hooray!”

Experimental Poetry Form: dogs and cats

Today’s experimental poetry form is called dogs and cats.  It consists of two stanzas: the dog stanza and the cat stanza.  The stanzas reflect the behavior of the animals.


The first stanza is the dog stanza.  The dog stanza is uniform and orderly.  It has a large font and is centered on the page.  It represents an obedient dog sitting in front of a person.

The dog stanza has the following qualities:

Page layout: Centered and top of page

Font: 16

Lines: 5

Meter: iambic pentameter

Rhyme: Lines 1, 3, and 5. Lines 2 and 4.


The second stanza is the cat stanza.  The cat stanza is off to the right and lower on the page.  It is not uniform.  The font is small.  It represents a cat ignoring a person.

The cat stanza has the following qualities:

Page layout: Right aligned and lower on the page

Font: 8

Lines: 9

Line one syllable count: 5

Line two syllable count: 8

Line three syllable count: 4

Line four syllable count: 9

Line five syllable count: 7

Line six syllable count: 3

Line seven syllable count: 2

Line eight syllable count: 6

Line nine syllable count: 10

Rhyme: none

Meter: none


Generally the form looks as follows:













Experimental Poetry Form: prime rhyme

This experimental poetry form has one stanza with ten lines.  The prime numbered lines (2, 3, 5, and 7) rhyme.  The form has no other requirements.

Here is an example poem written in the form:

Hello scientifically determined ideal weight.
It’s very nice to meet you.
Well, that’s not exactly true.
You see, you’re not really here.
Now that may have come from out of the blue,
but trust that it’s actually the truth,
and it isn’t really something new.
The thing is, you never really existed.
Somebody just sort of made you up.
Yeah, this is awkward.

Experimental Poetry Form: complex

Yesterday’s experimental poetry form was basic.  This one is complex.  It has a number of elements.  They include: stanzas, lines per stanza, rhyming pattern in each stanza, meter in each stanza, metrical feet in each line of each stanza, indentions of each line in each stanza, and acrostic pattern in each stanza.

Here are the details:

Stanzas: 4

Lines per stanza:

  Stanza one: 3

  Stanza two: 4

  Stanza three: 2

  Stanza four: 5

Rhyming pattern in each stanza:

  Stanza one: lines 1 and 3

  Stanza two: lines 3 and 4

  Stanza three: lines 1 and 2

  Stanza four: lines 1, 3, and 5

Meter in each stanza:

  Stanza one: iambic

  Stanza two: trochaic

  Stanza three: anapestic

  Stanza four: iambic

Metrical feet in each line of each stanza:

  Stanza one: 3

  Stanza two: 4

  Stanza three: 3

  Stanza four: 5

Indentions of each line in each stanza:

  Stanza one:

    Line 1: 0

    Line 2: 2

    Line 3: 4

  Stanza two:

    Line 1: 1

    Line 2: 3

    Line 3: 2

    Line 4: 4

  Stanza three:

    Line 1: 5

    Line 2: 5

  Stanza four:

    Line 1: 0

    Line 2: 2

    Line 3: 2

    Line 4: 1

    Line 5: 4

Acrostic pattern in each stanza:

  Stanza one: NOW

  Stanza two: LOOK

  Stanza three: AT

  Stanza four: WORDS


Below is what the form looks like.  The *s represent short syllables, the /s represent long syllables, the Rs followed by a letter (a, b, c, d) represent rhyming groups, and the letters at the end of lines show the acrostic pattern.


*/ */ */ Ra  N
  */ */ */  O
    */ */ */ Ra  W

 /* /* /* /*  L
   /* /* /* /*  O
  /* /* /* /* Rb  O
    /* /* /* /* Rb  K

     **/ **/ **/ Rc  A
     **/ **/ **/ Rc  T

*/ */ */ */ */ Rd  W
  */ */ */ */ */  O
  */ */ */ */ */ Rd  R
 */ */ */ */ */  D
    */ */ */ */ */ Rd  S

Experimental Poetry Form: basic

Today’s experimental poetry form is called basic.  It is a basic form.  It has the following qualities:

  One stanza

  Ten lines

  Ten syllables per line

  Iambic pentameter

  Even lines rhyme

Here is an example poem written in the form:

Poor Jeb, he sat beneath the glaring sun,
as in the house the air was clean and cool,
and Jeb did call and hope that some would hear,
and that he would not seem to them a fool.
But in the house they did not know the heat,
and thought that Jeb he simply broke a rule,
they felt no sun like poor old Jeb did feel,
and in their minds no sides did fight a duel.
And Jeb’s poor eyes did shine beneath the sun,
as on the ground his tears did form a pool.

Experimental Poetry Form: apples and oranges

Today’s experimental poetry form is called apples and oranges.  The idea is to play off of the expressions of comparing apples and oranges.

The form has two stanzas: the apples stanza and the oranges stanza.  The stanzas are different from each other to illustrate the idea of the differences in the fruit, and thereby illustrate the idea of the difference expressed in the saying.

The apples stanza is aligned to the left and the oranges stanza is aligned to the right.  They are on the same level horizontally.  This expresses the idea that the two things are on opposite sides of each other.

The apples stanza is written in red letters and the oranges stanza is written in orange letters.  This reflects the fruit.

The apples stanza has six lines and the oranges stanza has seven lines.  This is from the number of letters in the fruit names.

In the apples stanza, lines 2, 3, 4, and 6 rhyme.  These represent the consonants in the word apples.  In the oranges stanza, lines 1, 3, and 6 rhyme.  This represents the vowels in the word oranges.

Both stanzas are written in trochaic meter because both apple and orange are trochaic words.

The apples stanza has two metrical feet per line because apples has two syllables.  The oranges stanza has three metrical feet per line because oranges has three syllables.

Below is what the form looks like. The / represent stressed syllables, and the * represent unstressed syllables. The Rs mark the rhyming lines of each stanza. Each pair of /* represents a metrical foot.

/* /*                                                                                        /* /* /*R
/* /*R                                                                                      /* /* /*
/* /*R                                                                                      /* /* /*R
/* /*R                                                                                      /* /* /*
/* /*                                                                                        /* /* /*
/* /*R                                                                                      /* /* /*R
                                                                                                /* /* /*