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Allitersen (Complex and Rhyming)

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Invented Verse Forms

Allitersen (Complex and Rhyming) - Here are some recent invented verse forms from India.

Complex Alliterisen is an invented verse form originating in India. Udit Bhatia a student at Delhi Public School first created the form which can be found on-line at Shadow Poetry. It relies heavily on alliteration and carries a variable syllabic meter. The defining features of the Complex Allitersen are:

  1. a heptastich, a poem in 7 lines.
  2. syllabic. The first line of the poem sets up the number of syllables for each subsequent line. L1,L6, and L7 are the same number of syllables.
    L1= x syllables
    L2= x + 2 syllables
    L3= x  - 1 syllables
    L4= x + 1 syllables
    L5= x - 2 syllables
    L6= x syllables
    L7= x syllables
  3. alliterated. There must be 2 alliterations in each line.

Rhyming Allitersen is also an invented verse form from the same source in India. Rhyme and consistency seem to be the focus of this verse form. The defining features of the Rhyming Allitersen are:

  1. a heptastich.
  2. syllabic. All lines are 7 syllables.
  3. rhymed, rhyme scheme aabbccd.
  4. composed with one alliteration in each line.


    Playing Poet by Judi Van Gorder

    Papers pushed to corner spot
    without one important thought
    explored before being stashed
    leaving checkered checks uncashed.
    Sharp pencil and ball point pen,
    ready to write once again
    with words scratched upon a page.

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