Minimum length: 12 lines
There are 2 parts to this assignment
1) Pick a topic and write a 12 line poem that has 4 syllables in each line.
2) Write a poem in which every line is longer than seven syllables. Use the same subject that you used for the poem with shorter lines.
Notice how line length influences rhythm, and how short lines can become fragmentary and jarring, while long lines can easily flatten into prose if the flow isn’t kept moving through repetition, meter, or some other rhythmic strategy.