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Poetic Forms: Tetractys

Tetractys


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:

(puppy love)

Love
Passion
Desire
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
Those eyes
Mine

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)


Salacious imaginings
Immorality in its totality
Naked consumption

GREED

take
my need
feels so good
must have it now
what I have you can not its mine! all mine!


ENVY

why
not fair
I want it
It should be mine
I deserve it more, I hope you lose it

LUST

heat
desire
need your touch
want it so much
I burn for you, need to ravish you, now!

SLOTH

sleep
lazy
you do it
the easy way
why do it today when thereís tomorrow

ANGER

rage
fury
how dare you
wrath unbounded
no forgiveness youíll ever have from me

GLUTTONY

more
hunger
not enough
Insatiable
never to rest, I want the best, fill me!

PRIDE

me
the best
so unique
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
little thingsÖ

"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


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The following comments are for "Poetic Forms- Tetractys"
by TheRedCockroach

Lesson (possibly) learned
Now this I can do. Pen's villanelles are more involved and frustrating but I won't give up.

Thanks for sharing. Will keep ya posted.

( Posted by: toscano [Member] On: February 13, 2011 )

tatting
thread
shuttle
quiet clicks
winter evening
loops and curls created as fingers fly

Christmas is drawing closer and closer
cards for mailing
lacy gift
snowflake
smile

Snowflake

*hope the link works*

( Posted by: Pen [Member] On: February 13, 2011 )

tetractys
Two excellent tetractys from our two most seasoned poets.

Both create a vivid picture that percolates through the minds eye-

one of the varying seasons with its colors(autumn)smells(summer rain and snow-spring and winter-

while the other was a more personal portrait of a winters night of tatting (crocheting?) fingers moving at warp speed -

Enjoyed - both of these pieces elicited feeling


Lets have some more- these are fun to do....


my warmest
bob

( Posted by: TheRedCockRoach [Member] On: February 14, 2011 )

Beastie Judgement
Beastie Justice

crawl
slither
wings flapping
fangs chipped and worn
blood soaked demon bugs spitting at the moon

only those black withered hearts can hear them
and feel their sting
beastie food
brain treats
squish


I have't done these in a while- enjoyed it-

Looking at my sample with new eyes (the seven Sins) I should have followed the inverting rule- It would have made it more powerful- which I will edit in my poetry box.



( Posted by: TheRedCockRoach [Member] On: February 14, 2011 )

redo
a redo - this is about the form of the poem as well the avatar distorts the form-






Beastie Justice

crawl
slither
wings flapping
fangs chipped and worn
blood soaked demon bugs spitting at the moon

only those black withered hearts can hear them
and feel their sting
beastie food
brain treats
squish




( Posted by: TheRedCockRoach [Member] On: February 14, 2011 )

tetractycalized sensation
Bob- chameleonatic



Karma Sicilian

clipped
buried
forgotten
adversary
vendettas continue until you're dead

021511

( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: February 15, 2011 )

brilliant!!
Loved these!

oh .. um ...

minds
whirling
take their cues
from loyalties
proving my opinion about muses

ta da!

( Posted by: Pen [Member] On: February 16, 2011 )

candled
gone
not found
departed
time for more red
porta nueva disguises past from path

021611

( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: February 16, 2011 )

mathioso



other-sided/candled

clipped
buried
forgotten
adversary
vendettas continue until you're dead

porta nueva disguises past from path
time for more red
departed
not found
gone

( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: February 16, 2011 )

Heaven





Pagans
Of Litorg
Unite and fight
Just serve them right
When you give all none believers the most terrible fright

( Posted by: Fairplay [Member] On: February 16, 2011 )

Tetractys
these are looking good....

my favorite is {b]anorexia[/b] by lucie -was quite funny and descriptive-

Eric

love your piece heaven typo in none should non - also this is not a tetractys- it runs syllable wise 1,2,3,4,and 10- yours is 2,3,4,4, and 14 but it's funny

robert after reading your piece I had dreams of being in a mob hit

Pen

my muse secretly liked this even though you deny their existence :)

( Posted by: TheRedCockRoach [Member] On: February 16, 2011 )

reformat-
I just reformatted my seven deadly sins poem I used as an example- I used the correct inverting rule. I think this is stronger- I thought it wasn't a few years back- life changes ...



Salacious imaginings
Immorality in its totality
Naked consumption

take
my need
feels so good GREED
must have it now
what I have you can not itís mine! All mine!

I deserve it more, I hope you lose it
It should be mine
I want it ENVY
not fair
why

heat
desire
need your touch LUST LUST
want it so much
I burn for you, need to ravish you, now!

why do it today when thereís tomorrow
the easy way
you do it SLOTH
lazy
sleep

rage
fury
how dare you ANGER
wrath unbounded
no forgiveness youíll ever have from me

never to rest, I want the best, fill me!
insatiable
not enough GLUTTONY
hunger
more

me
the best
so unique PRIDE
one of a kind
in my mind Iím renowned, donít you see it?




bob

( Posted by: TheRedCockRoach [Member] On: February 17, 2011 )

ugh
disregard - it didn't come out right- looks deadly- I'm about to throw up now-


bob :( :( :( :o :O( :(

( Posted by: TheRedCockRoach [Member] On: February 17, 2011 )

Tetractys
War
Unrest
People die
Soldiers defend
All in the name of freedom, who will win?

( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: February 18, 2011 )

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And a haven for all who love to write.

Read poems,write an epic,meet new friends here
Write a novel
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for

( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: February 18, 2011 )

comment
Love the format been writing them for years. Even more fun the "fib" format.

( Posted by: bhagwandave [Member] On: February 24, 2011 )

tetractys
Loved this!

I'm late coming, but let me give it a spin.

Rightous Rage (tetractys version)

rage
anger
violence
wreaking havoc
you are dancing with the devil tonight

i will scatter your name to the four winds
now because you
took my last
piece of
pizza

That was a hell of a lot harder than I thought it would be. (Hope I got the count right!)

Thanks for the challenge Robert!

Much Love,

Dave



( Posted by: HeRoCoMpLeX [Member] On: March 4, 2011 )

Daves Tetractys
Dave

Enjoyed the piece - it had a devilish bite to it just the way I like it- You did a slight variation-0 pizza- two syllables instead of one- you could use the word pie to fit the word count and keep the same humorous feel to the piece- but variations are cool too- Excellent excellent first attempt....


my warmest
bob

( Posted by: TheRedCockRoach [Member] On: March 5, 2011 )





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