Poem: not too smart

Figuring out the gift,
before it could be given

clever,
but not too smart.

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Experimental Poetry Form: Three repeats

Stanza: one
Meter: iambic tetrameter
Lines: twelve

General form:

A
*
*
*
B
A
B
*
C
*
*
C
 

This experimental poetry form has three sets of repeats.  Each repeat is two lines.  The form has one stanza with twelve lines.  The lines are written in iambic tetrameter.  The A lines are the same, the B lines are the same and the C lines are the same.  The * lines are each a unique line.

 

Repeats are useful in a poem because of the way they affect emphasis and sound, among other effects.

Having a poetry form with repeats, in once sense is easier than a poem without repeats, because once a line is written, the repeats of that line are then determined.  This means less unique lines, relative to an equal length poem without repeats.

On the other hand, repeats can make a poem more difficult, because, although poetry can often be abstract, it might be preferable in some cases to have the repeating lines make sense in the poem.  This can sometimes be difficult in a poem.  For example, if the first line repeats as the fifth line, this in some way might influence the second, third and fourth lines and/or some of the lines after the fifth line.  This can add a complexity.

Here is an example poem in the form:

Lemon juice in almond milk

It all did go without a thought,
the puffed rice poured into the bowl,
the cooled off tea did fill the glass,
and lemon juice was held in hand.
The juice was poured as words were said,
it all did go without a thought,
the juice was poured as words were said,
but not into the glass of tea.
It seemed as though the breakfast failed,
with lemon juice poured on puffed rice,
and later when the milk did break,
it seemed as though the breakfast failed.