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Invented Forms

The Pleiades is an invented form that can be found all over the internet including Shadow Poetry. It is named for the star cluster, Pleiades of which 6 of the stars are visible to the naked eye and others visible under the right conditions. The constellation was identified by Homer, 750 B.C. and named by the ancients as the seven sisters. The poetic form uses the numbers of the cluster and legend. It was introduced by Craig Tigerman, Sol Magazine lead editor and enhanced by haiku and tanka poet Hortensia Anderson.

The elements of the Pleiades are:

  1. a heptastich, a poem in 7 lines.
  2. syllabic, each line is 6 syllables.
  3. titled with a single word.
  4. composed with each line beginning with the same letter as the beginning letter of the title.

    Unprepared by Judi Van Gorder
    Unlearned I am but
    utter ignorance is
    unacceptable, don't
    underestimate an
    ulcer corroding the
    upper tier of office,
    utmost caution applies.

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