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: 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: 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

Experimental Poetry Form: four

Today’s experimental poetry form is called four.  It is as below:

4 syllables Rhyme A
4 syllables Rhyme B
4 syllables Rhyme C
4 syllables Rhyme D

4 words Rhyme A
4 words Rhyme B
4 words Rhyme C
4 words Rhyme D

4 iambic feet Rhyme A
4 iambic feet Rhyme B
4 iambic feet Rhyme C
4 iambic feet Rhyme D

4 trochaic feet Rhyme A
4 trochaic feet Rhyme B
4 trochaic feet Rhyme C
4 trochaic feet Rhyme D

As can be seen, the form has four stanzas.  Each stanza has four lines.  There are four rhymes that are between the stanzas.  Each stanza has lines that are based off of a count of four (either syllables, words, iambic feet or trochaic feet).

Experimental Poetry Form: alternating four and five letter words

Today’s experimental poetry form has the criteria of alternating four and five letter words.  Other than this, the form has no criteria.  One way to use the form, as shown below, would be to apply it to another form.  In this case, the form was applied to the haiku form.

 

Some paths flow about,
seen among cool light blue stars,
eyes stare over hills

 

The form is not difficult to use, however some thought must be given to word choice, both to find words that match the correct letter count, and to find words that make sense in order.  Applying the form to another form, does increase the difficulty some.

Experimental Poetry Form: Four things

Line 1

(Break)

Line 2

          Line 3 (ten space indention) (first word same as line 1 first word, last word same as line 2 last word)

(Break)

(Break)

                    Line 4 (twenty space indention)

(Break)

  Line 5 (two space indention) (same first word as line 4)

  Line 6 (two space indention) (same last word as line 5)

          Line 7 (ten space indention) (same first word as line 2)

 

This experimental poetry form is a combination of line count, line breaks, line indention and word patterns.

Here is a poem in written in the form:

 

A day will be here soon,

 

as the Earth moves around the Sun,

          a moment, after the dawn of the Sun,

 

 

                    when something passed will appear,

 

  when a gathering of imagination,

  that came from an imagination,

          as a flower will appear.