Tetractys poem examples

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Tetractys poem examples

Tetractys poem examples

Tetractys poem examples – Poetry Workshop

A Tetractys should show a complete thought, witty or wise using only 20 syllables. They can be written with any more than one verse but each following verse must invert the syllable count.

The structure is:
Line 1 = 1 syllable
Line 2 = 2 syllables
Line 3 = 3 syllables
Line 4 = 4 syllables
Line 5 = 10 syllables

The Moon

Shines bright
Full of light
Spy of the night
Waxing and waning as fast time goes by

Tetractys can also be reversed and written 10, 4, 3, 2, 1.

Double Tetractys


So peaceful
Like white feathers
Times on its side, the grounds is its limit

Red nose, numb toes covered in hats and scarfs
Hair is frozen
Snotty nose
Caused by

© 2009 Marinela Reka

Tetractys.Marinela reka

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  2. Ammie-oy says:

    This is a really interesting form and a new one on me. You’ve got some lovely work here – and you’re so young – what a future you have!

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