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Traditional Poetry Forms:

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  bullet   Ballad
  bullet   Cinquain
  bullet   Clerihew
  bullet   Diamante
  bullet   Didactic
  bullet   Epic
  bullet   Epigram
  bullet   Epitaph
  bullet   Etheree
  bullet   Fable
  bullet   Free Verse
  bullet   Ghazal
  bullet   Haiku
  bullet   Katauta
  bullet   Kyrielle
  bullet   Kyrielle Sonnet
  bullet   Lanturne
  bullet   Limerick
  bullet   Minute Poetry
  bullet   Monody
  bullet   Monorhyme
  bullet   Naani
  bullet   Nonet
  bullet   Ode
  bullet   Ottava Rima
  bullet   Palindrome
  bullet   Pantoum
  bullet   Quatern
  bullet   Quatrain
  bullet   Quinzaine
  bullet   Rispetto
  bullet   Rondeau
  bullet   Rondel
  bullet   Rondelet
  bullet   Sedoka
  bullet   Senryu
  bullet   Septolet
  bullet   Sestina
  bullet   Shape Poetry
  bullet   Song
  bullet   Sonnet
  bullet   Tanka
  bullet   Terza Rima
  bullet   Terzanelle
  bullet   Tetractys
  bullet   Tongue Twister
  bullet   Triolet
  bullet   Tyburn
  bullet   Villanelle
 

Etheree

The poetry form, Etheree, consists of 10 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 syllables. Etheree can also be reversed and written 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Get creative and write an Etheree with more than one verse, but follow suit with an inverted syllable count.

Reversed Etheree: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

Double Etheree: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10, 9, 8, 7, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

...Triple Etheree, Quadruple Etheree, and so on!


Example #1:
Your Wild Awakening

Scent
of woods;
callouses
on hands I stroke
speak of hard-spent days.
I trace a stubbled chin
and hear my name unspoken
in a warm unwavering gaze.
Pressing kisses taste of surging need.
I revel in your wild awakening.

Copyright © 2003 Andrea Dietrich

Example #2:
Anonymous Solitude

Sheís
inclined
to want more
to ease her mind
than do you or I.
She disappears to find
anonymous solitude.
We look for it, but we are blind.
Left behind, we become mere figments
of her illusions; . . . . we call her unkind.

Copyright © 2003 Andrea Dietrich

Example #3:
The Lair

Where haze invades iniquitous corners;
raucous music saturates the room,
the Ecstacy-induced twining
of hot, pulsating bodies,
a mimicry of mass
lewd copulation,
slows the thick air;
emptiness
stifles
me.

Copyright © 2003 Andrea Dietrich

Example #4:
Red Poppy

A morning breeze ran its gentle fingers 
through a farmerís plentiful wheat field,
and beside the sweet, waving grain
grew a lonesome, red poppy.
Its bright radiance spoke
of springtimeís splendor
between each breath
and rustle
of the
wind.

Copyright © 2005 Marie Summers

Example #5:
Blurred Vision (Double Reversed Etheree)

Blurred is the Poetís vision when grieving - 
Penning release, striking out against
the pain raging inside, casting
out the love that once stemmed from
passionís ink in the night.
Driving poetry
like a prized slave
until limp, 
red eyed,
cold.
Sleep
and dream
of lifeless
limits in ink.
Poethood of guilt,
a sentence to be served,
Ďtil the blinded and enraged
can make peace with the opal eye
of passionís night, and create poems
to heal the heart of the grieving Bard.


Copyright © 2005 Marie Summers

Example #6:
Ashen Despair (Double Reversed Etheree)

Memories and dreams crumpled in a pile,
cold and lifeless like ashes of night.
Decrepit fingers of the lost
sift through the blackened remains
until sunrays lifted
the thick of morning,
tunneling light
through the fog.
Renewed
hope
blew
in from
the northwest
in silken streams.
No dirt or shovel
could bury the goodness
of this dawning grace that shown
through every small crack and crevice
of the decayed misery that was
Erasing the knowledge of once dead dreams.

Copyright © 2005 Marie Summers


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