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Atarlis Fileata

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Invented Forms

Atarlis Fileata (a-ar-lee fee-lay-ah-tay), which is Gaelic for "repeating poetic" is a stanzaic verse which doesn't seem to adhere to the standards of the ancient Irish forms. So I can only assume this is a more recent invented form, possibly the creation of Cathy at Mosaic Musings although she doesn't indicate it as such.

The defining features of the Atarlis Fileata are:

  1. stanzaic, written in any number of septets but each septet must be able to stand alone, therefore a narrative would not be appropriate.
  2. measured by number of words not syllables or metric feet with 2-3-4-5-4-3-2 words per line.
  3. rhymed, A B a x a B A.
  4. composed with a refrain, L1 is repeated as L7 and L2 is repeated as L6,

    Heat of Autumn by Judi Van Gorder

    Colors turn
    warm my view
    while damp leaves burn
    and toast my frigid fingers
    send thoughts to churn
    warm my view
    colors turn

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