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Etheree, Double Etheree, Reverse Etheree, Andaree

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Invented Forms

The Etheree is a popular internet verse form, it can be found mentioned at most sites that provide verse form descriptions. It is a simple progressive syllabic verse. Attributed to American poet Etheree Taylor Armstrong, it can be found at Poetry Base and Shadow Poetry.

The elements of the Etheree are:

  1. a decastich. (10 line poem)
  2. syllabic, 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 syllables per line.
  3. unrhymed.
  4. focused on 1 idea or subject.

    Etheree by Judi Van Gorder

    to explore
    within ten lines,
    each avoiding rhyme.
    Sequential syllables,
    numbers run from one to ten
    creating a staircase of words
    for the expectant reader to climb.
    A popular verse from the internet.

  • Double Etheree is 2 Etherees back to back making up one poem. The syllable count is 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1.
  • Reverse Etheree is simply an Etheree turned upside down. The syllable count begins with 10 and sequentially runs thru 1.
  • Twin Etheree is a doubling up on the lines of the Etheree and rhyming the couplets; this was introduced by Robert Crockett and found at Poetry Styles.  The elements of the Twin Etheree are:
    1. a poem in 20 lines.
    2. syllabic, 1-1-2-2-3-3-4-4-5-5-6-6-7-7-8-8-9-9-10-10 syllables per line.
    3. rhymed, aabbccddeeffgghhiijj.
  • The Andaree is an invented form similar to the Etheree accept it is always rhymed and it carries a diminishing then increasing syllable count. Created by Andrea Dietrich and found at Writers.com, the first line is repeated as the last line. The elements of the Andaree are:
    1. framed in 11 lines
    2. syllabic, L1 11 syllable and each line diminishes by 2 syllables until L6 which is only one syllable, then the lines increase by 2 syllables until L11 which is a repeat of L1
    3. rhymed AabbcbcbbaA.
    4. composed with L1 repeated as L11.

      Lucky Charm

      Cliché it is to say I've lived a charmed life
      It's two times I've gone under the knife
      discarding threatening flesh
      the kind that won't mesh
      with good health
      what a wealth
      of chances, I'm blessed,
      taking on my days refreshed
      knowing that no one lives without strife 
      Cliché it is to say I've lived a charmed life
                                     ~~Judi Van Gorder

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