Experimental Poetry Form: Seven lines, random syllable counts, and a rhyming pattern

This experimental poetry form consists of seven lines.  The lines have the following syllable counts: 11, 9, 10, 7, 12, 6 and 9.  The syllable counts were determined, by shuffling a deck of cards, dealing out seven and giving syllable counts corresponding to the values.  The rhyming pattern is AABABBA.  This pattern matches the odd/even qualities of the syllables counts of the lines.  Odd lines, are A rhymes, even lines, are B rhymes.  The form has no meter.  Here is an example poem written in the form:

Upon the soft grass and looking up so high,
and seeing a hawk as it does fly,
gliding above without flapping a wing,
makes one think and wonder why,
as the hawk flies above in a circular ring,
why there it does not sing,
because it seems with joy it would try.

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Experimental Poetry Form: Rhyming and Indention

Stanza: 1
Lines: 21
Meter: iambic trimeter
Rhyming and indention pattern:
A
A
A
 B
  C
  C
  C
 B
 B
D
D
 E
 E
 E
D
  F
  G
  F
  G
  F
  G

This experimental poetry from is based on two ideas: rhyming and indention.  The rhyming and indention patterns are there to connect ideas internally, set ideas apart and connect ideas together.

The first set is the three A rhymes.  These lines are not indented and form one complete set.  The idea in these lines is self-contained.

The second set are the B and C rhymes.  Each of B rhyming lines is indented one space and each of the C rhyming lines is indented two spaces.  The first B line is indented to set it apart from the A lines.  The C lines are indented to set them apart from the B lines.  The B and C lines form one set.  The first B line starts an idea, the three C lines move from the idea in some way, and the last two B lines come back to the idea.  For example, if the first B line was about a tree, the three C lines might be about birds in the tree, followed by the last two B lines that would focus on the tree again.  The B and C lines are set apart from the A lines, but they all relate to each other.

As a note, all the lines in the form, form one stanza.  The idea, is that while there are sets of ideas, they all connect together.  The one stanza gives the impression of one cohesive idea, rather than detached ideas put together.

Additionally, all the lines have the same short meter.  This is done to let the lines have flow and to have the focus be on the rhyming.  The short lines are meant to increase the noticeability of the rhyming.

The third set are the D and E rhymes.  The lines of these rhymes mirror the B and C rhymes.  In this case, there are two D rhymes, followed by three E rhymes, followed by one D rhyme.  Also, the indention of these lines is one less than with the B and C lines.  This is to help differentiate them.  The idea with the D and E lines is the same as with the B and C rhyming set, except in this case, the idea of the D rhyme gets a longer initial expression and ends with a shorter expression, which is the opposite of the case with the B lines.  The idea is to express an idea, move away from it, and then come back to it briefly.

The last set are the F and G rhymes.  These lines are indented two spaces to set them apart from the previous set.  Also, these lines only have one indention, which is also the case with the starting A lines.  This helps to close the poetry form.  The rhymes of these lines alternates.  This is the only set in the form that has that.  The idea was to change the sound from the previous set.  These lines are also a self-contained set like the previous ones.

As an example of the form, here is a poem about looking at stars at night:

Above the earth at night,
the stars shine with their light,
and seem to glow so bright.
 Beneath the dark night sky,
  out in the cool night air,
  when cold does cause a care,
  and warmth does feel so rare,
 one turns their look up high,
 and does not wonder why.
The thought does then occur,
and seems without a blur,
 of all that is so vast,
 of looking in the past,
 and light that moves so fast,
and thoughts leave where they were.
  When looking to the stars,
  at night when things are cold,
  the thoughts do leave their jars,
  at what does shine like gold,
  like breaking through some bars,
  they leave what once did hold.

Experimental Poetry Form: Alphabetical order rhyme

In the following experimental poetry form, there are eight lines.  Each line has eight syllables.  There is no meter in the lines.  The last word of each line rhymes.  The rhyming words are in alphabetical order.  Indentions can be used as needed.

The idea of this form, is to see how an additional restriction on a basic form (one stanza, eight lines, eight syllables per line, each line rhymes) can affect the form.  Here is an example poem to demonstrate the form:

The attic

The attic was so high away,
like it wanted to keep at bay,
  but then there came a sound one day,
  when into it there flew a jay,
   this happened on the tenth of May,
  and it fluttered, but not in play,
and so below one could not stay,
but had to climb up the high way.

Experimental Poetry Form: Free verse and one word rhymes

This experimental poetry form is a combination of free verse and one word rhymes.  The form has twenty lines that alternate a free verse line with a one word line.  The one word lines should be indented.  Each of the one word lines rhymes with each other.  None of the free verse lines rhyme with any other line (at least by intention).  Additionally, each free verse line, is only one line, and does not carry over.  Also each free verse line should be able to be a line on its own, rather than having to flow into the one word line after it, although the lines should flow together in some way and make sense.

Below is an example poem that demonstrates the form:

The morning started with a dog in his bed,
 sleeping,
then he saw the light of the sun through the trees,
 creeping,
and a squirrel running around,
 leaping.
In a tree he heard a bird,
 beeping,
in a willow that hung down,
 weeping.
In the distance he saw deer eating grass,
 reaping,
and a frog sitting in a pond,
 steeping.
And as the morning seemed to flow,
 seeping,
he thought he should stay where he was,
 keeping,
in his warm soft bed,
 sleeping.

The idea of the form is to add emphasis to the rhyming words.  It should sound different than if the rhyming words were at the ends of the free verse lines, and or if there was more than one rhyme.

Experimental Poetry Form: Mixture

The following experimental poetry form is a mixture of syllable count, rhyme and meter.  It consists of eight lines with the following syllable counts, rhyming pattern, and meters:

Syllable count      Rhyming pattern              Meter

8                                     A                               Iambic
6                                     A                               Iambic
4                                     B                               Trochaic
5                                     C                               Trochaic with stressed last syllable
5                                     C                               Trochaic with stressed last syllable
4                                     B                               Trochaic
4                                     B                               Trochaic
8                                     A                               Iambic

Here is an example of a poem using this experimental poetry form:

Rabbits

With large brown eyes they seemed to gawk,
up at the flying hawk,
quickly hopping,
hastily about,
silently with doubt,
swiftly popping,
never stopping,
the rabbits bounced away with shock.

Experimental Poetry Form: Lines with internal rhymes

In some poetry forms there are rhymes that end certain lines.  For example, consider the following poetry form:

Stanzas: 3

Lines per stanza: 3

Syllables per line: 4

Rhyming pattern: aab ccd eef

As an example of a poem using this form, consider the following poem about a windowsill garden:

Pea plants grow tall
and do not fall
when supported

Tomato plants
have no red ants
when grown inside

Bell pepper seeds
do not see weeds
when behind glass

In this poetry form, the rhymes are noticeable.

As an experimental poetry form, the form above can be transformed into a form that has lines with internal rhymes.  In this example, it would be written:

Pea plants grow tall and do not fall when supported
Tomato plants have no red ants when grown inside
Bell pepper seeds do not see weeds when behind glass

The form for this experimental poetry form is:

Stanzas: 1

Lines per stanza: 3

Syllables per line: 12

Rhyming pattern of each line: 4th and 8th syllables rhyme (note: fourth and eighth syllables are ending syllables of words)

A technique for using this experimental poetry from would be to do what was done here: write the poem using the three stanza form described first and then transform it into the experimental form.  This would help in the process as it could make it easier to ensure that the fourth and eighth syllables end words.

This experimental form can be used in a situation when a poet wants a poem to have rhymes included, but does not want the rhymes emphasized.  Assuming a reader only saw a poem of this form in the experimental form with one stanza, and did not see it in the pre-form that had three stanzas, it is possible the reader may not emphasize the rhymes in the poem.  The rhymes might have an influence on how the poem is read and how it sounds, but they might not be the focus.

Using this form, a poet has an opportunity to make rhyming a more subtle feature of a poem.

Please feel free to utilize this experimental poetry form.