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Etheree, Double Etheree, Reverse Etheree

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Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry

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 Etheree is:

    • a decastich. (10 line poem)
    • syllabic, 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 syllables per line.
    • unrhymed.
    • 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 Twin Etheree is:

    • a poem in 20 lines.
    • syllabic, 1-1-2-2-3-3-4-4-5-5-6-6-7-7-8-8-9-9-10-10 syllables per line.
    • rhymed, aabbccddeeffgghhiijj.

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