Writing Tip: Poetry Form – Tetractys


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Poetry Form: Tetractys

A Tetractys poem is a five line poem that has a syllable count for each line. Line one is one syllable, line two is two syllables, line three is three syllables, line four is four syllables, and line five is ten syllables.  Each line should be independent of each other and build upon each sentence. When this poem is complete it will have a nice looking pattern.  The Tetractys stanzas can also be inverted upon each other.

The pattern for Tetractys  is the following:

Line 1:  syllable

Line 2: 2 syllables

Line 3: 3 syllables

Line 4: 4 syllables

Line 5: 10 syllables





Comes in



Tip topping towers towering on she

Touching keys tapping tingles down her spine

A symphony

Made for her





Tip toes

She sees Sun

They meet half way

Moon shines light to find her star points

The best kind of heroes don’t wear a cape

They just show up


Her with



Written By: Jody Austin

JodyAbout the Author

Jody’s mother was and is still a poet and artist who introduced her to poetry and expressive writing as a child in elementary school. Her bed time stories were of Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez, Marcus Garvey, Phylis Wheatley, Langston Hughes, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Chavez, Gil Scott Heron, Khalil Gibran, The Last Poets, and many others. All of these influences started Jody’s creative writing experiences as a child and throughout her adulthood.

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