Introduction and Instructions

This is a poetry exercise involving the 5-7-5 form.

The 5-7-5 1-2-3 is a poetry writing exercise I (think I) invented which uses the 5-7-5 syllable count. This should explain the first set of numerals in the title.

The '1-2-3' sequence refers to both the second and the third specification for the exercise. That is, you will be writing a total of three poems per exercise and each set of three must contain one single-stanza poem, one two-stanza poem, and one three-stanza poem.

All three poems should relate to each other or to an encompassing theme.

I have a tendency to explain things in needlessly complicated ways, so here's a bulleted list to recap:

  • You will write 3 poems.
  • Your first poem will be a single stanza.
  • Your second poem will have two stanzas.
  • Your third poem will have three stanzas.
  • Each stanza must be 3 lines in length and in 5-7-5 syllable count (5 syllables in the first and last line, 7 syllables in the middle verse, 17 total).
  • All three poems must follow a central theme of your own choosing.
  • You may give each poem a title or simply number them.
  • Rhyming is not necessary or even standard, but it is not forbidden.
  • Feel free to switch up the order of your poems (for example, 3-2-1 or 2-1-3).
  • The page title should either be the title of one of your poems, a title for the collection as a set, or your chosen theme.

I will begin on the next page. It should serve as an example should anything still be unclear. 

Get those digits ready! 

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