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Because I know how much so many of you ♥ unrhymed short forms, I decided that this would be a good week for it. So, please allow me to present…
Tetractys, a poetic form invented by Ray Stebbing, consists of at least 5 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 10 syllables (total of 20). Tetractys may be written with more than one verse, but must follow suit with an inverted syllable count. Tetractys may also be reversed and written 10, 4, 3, 2, 1.
Double Tetractys: 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 10, 4, 3, 2, 1
Triple Tetractys: 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 10, 4, 3, 2, 1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 10
and so on.
“Euclid, the mathematician of classical times, considered the number series 1, 2, 3, 4 to have mystical significance because its sum is 10, so he dignified it with a name of its own – Tetractys. The tetractys could be Britain’s answer to the haiku. Its challenge is to express a complete thought, profound or comic, witty or wise, within the narrow compass of twenty syllables.” – Ray Stebbing
-from Shadow Poetry http://www.shadowpoetry.com/resources/wip/tetractys.html
The reason for the picture above was simply because when I first saw the name of this form, pterodactyls jumped into my head. Your guess is as good as mine. That having been said, here’s a sample by yours truly:
If I lived in prehistoric times, I’d
fly on one of them to school or maybe
even to the
But seriously, here’s a more serious Tetractys:
But plums are a
(generally considered) summer fruit.
This makes no sense to me. But this poem
has no rhyme and
it has no
So…are you ready to pen a few Tetractyses (Tetractysi?) of your own? Ready…set…start poeming!
MARIE ELENA’S TETRACTYS
Some disabilities hide beneath masks.
© copyright 2013, Marie Elena Good
WALT’S TRIP TETRACTYS
seeing a heart
that is given away to be returned,
tempered in the forge of passion, not burned;
left to smolder.
by the smitten,
expressing a heart’s true nature, for sure!
© copyright 2013, Walter J. Wojtanik
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