This is kind of a cool poetry form. I’ve only used it once before during poetry month and that was about 3 years ago. It’s called a Tetractys poem. It has some mathematical components to it if you want to write more than one stanza so don’t just read the initial instructions and rush off to write one – read to the end and decide if you want to write more than one verse. I have only used this form once myself (back in 2019) and being out of town and busy with family I’m going to use the poem I made up then for my example. .
This poetic form was created by Ray Stebbing
and consists of 20 total syllables, with no need for a title and no need for rhyming (although you can rhyme if you wish) arranged
in the following fashion:
NOTE: For the
first one syllable line strive to use an interesting word; not just the article
“A” or “The”
Line 1 ~ one syllable
Line 2 ~ two syllables
Line 3 ~ three syllables
Line 4 ~ four syllables
Line 5 ~ TEN syllables
So, that’s the basic outline, but things get
more interesting than that! This could be a magical
poem for you! The ancient Greek mathematician, Euclid of Alexandria, felt
the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 were magical because they add up to TEN. And there are
your first ten syllables. The last ten syllables all fall on the same line, 5.
And that can stand alone as a complete
However, there can also be Double and Triple
Tetractys poems, etc. simply by reversing the process.
Here’s an example of the form for more than
(and if you want
a third verse, flip it again)
(You can make as
many verses are you wish as long as each subsequent verse
is reversed from the previous one in terms
of the syllable count).
Here is my example:
And sweet as
Ours can only
Grow with forgiveness, humor and patience
the years we have experienced
of our son
2019 Stephanie Abney
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