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An Etheree consists of 10 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,10 syllables. Ehteree’s can also be reversed and written 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1. (total of 55 syllables). They can be written with more than one verse but invert the second verse, and so on, depending on how many verses that are intended. Double, triple verse poems are called Ethere. This form is meant to focus on one idea or subject.

These 10 lines are usually done in unmetered and unrhymed verse. Rhymes/ meter adds a different flavor to it –so if inclined go for it. I’m a rhyming fool so I can’t help myself 

Example of Etheree:

shooting pain
mouth dry, nose bleed,
bad sweat, all wet, chills
ears hurt, stomach cramps, diarrhea
tooth ache, body sores, migraine, lice
hallucinations, burning fever
Take two aspirin - call me when you’re dead

(having a little fun with the form)

Example of a Double Ethere:

Wind, rain
Lightning blast
Thunder power
Nature’s wrath, war path
Clouds in flight; clash and flash
Cold and damp, wet and weary
Sounds of fury, lost in winter
No need to hold me, drowning slowly
Tidal wave, water grave, it won’t behave

Swirling, bubbling, boiling, destroying
Murderous bent merciless intent
Hell bound, heaven sent, pagans wake
Death hound, vicious sound, fire lake
Gathering smoke, no hope
Brimstone smell, farewell
The last

I centered this poem to give it a swirling effect but alas Lits antiquated writing program does not center - I used rhyme and a few other effects-mainly the (ing) sound to give it a bubbling and moaning effect. This can be a very versatile foam-not constraining or limiting at all – have fun with it….

nature weeps, the devil sings
at man’s greed and pride
and what it brings

just lots of useless
little things…

"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.”

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The following comments are for "poetry form basics- Etheree"
by TheRedCockroach

Counting down

Nine then
Eight is next
Seven follows
Six fills the fifth line
Five starts the second half
Four leaves only three to go
Three is getting me very close
Two I can do standing on my head
One now completes this numbered exercise

( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: April 6, 2011 )

What great reads .. so different ... yet both so delicious ...

( Posted by: Pen [Member] On: April 7, 2011 )

Bob, Lucie and Penelope
This is positive. We're here. There are many good things about Lit. This is one.

MAJESTIC is a good/positive part of Lit.

Hearing the voice of Tina Louise, even under difficult circumstances, was good.

Knowing that Chrispian has some plans in the works..That's positive.

What say you?

( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: April 7, 2011 )

You're, "giving it up so that the rest of {us} can thrive.."...So, you're sacrificing yourself for us? .."None of {us} will see {you}again.." .. "We'll "never even know {you} existed.."


( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: April 7, 2011 )

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