Poetic Forms: Tetractys
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A tetracty is a 20 syllable poem. It consists of five lines of 1,2, 3, 4 and 10 syllables (making a total 20) It can also be written with another verse but when doing so that verse becomes inverted. 1,2,3,4,10 10 4,3, 2, 1
An example of a double tetractys:
Heart on fire
My body, mind and soul is yours to keep
The scent of you makes my heart skip a beat
Your face is beauty
Breath so sweet
This can be done in three verses 1,2,3,4,10,10 4,3,2,1,1,2,3,4,10.. and so on-quite challenging and fun.
I like to mix forms as well - In this poem I start with a small acrostic and a series of single tetractys- I broke the rules on this by not inverting as I felt it fit the theme better.
(The Seven Deadly Sins)
Immorality in its totality
feels so good
must have it now
what I have you can not its mine! all mine!
I want it
It should be mine
I deserve it more, I hope you lose it
need your touch
want it so much
I burn for you, need to ravish you, now!
you do it
the easy way
why do it today when thereís tomorrow
how dare you
no forgiveness youíll ever have from me
never to rest, I want the best, fill me!
one of a kind
In my mind Iím renowned, donít you see it?
There are numerological and mystical overtones to the tetracty form. 1,2,3, and 4 add up to 10. Euclid (the great mathematician ) is the one who coined the word tetractys.
Like the haiku this form can be quite challenging - To express a complete thought in 20 syllables is no simple feat-although the form is quite simple.
nature weeps, the devil sings
at manís greed and pride
and what it brings
just lots of useless
"He was the brightest of all the stars
of heaven, and even ripped and torn
in half, he still shone with a fire of a
billion suns. With a mighty roar
and a Big Bang, he imploded and
exploded out of the nothingness; and
the flow of Time began.Ē