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This morning I was introduced to the concept of the tetractys poem.
The tetractys was made famous by Pythagoras and has since become a modern poetry form. The form is based on the number ten which was thought to be a number of power. The name tetractys poetry derives from the fact that the syllable count of the first four lines equals ten.
A tetractys has in total, five lines, each having a syllables count of 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 10.
This format gives the poem a triangle shape. The format can be played with to produce "reversed tetractys" and "double tetractys". The following poem is a double tetractys, I hope you enjoy it.
A Tetractys On War
clear up failed
Struggling to stay alive in muddy fields,
whilst politicians, back at home, squabble
like small children
John Carré Buchanan
01 May 2013