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...the loss of loved oned
War and Grief by pharp
    Tetractys Poetry Contest Winner 

heart grieves...
and I cry
for the many
 soldiers who gave their lives for our freedom 

Families deal with pain from their loss when
...visiting graves
of loved ones
now at



Writing Prompt
A tetractys poem is written with 20 syllables. A tetractys can have more than one stanza. But all new stanzas must be have an inverted syllable count. There is no limit to the number of stanzas. This type of poem often expresses a complete thought
Tetractys Poetry
Contest Winner

Author Notes
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What is a Tetractys?

The poetic form of the tetractys is a poem with only five lines. Each line adds another syllable until the last line which has ten.

What is the Stucture of a Tetractys?

A tetractys consists of 5 lines.

Each line has a set number of syllables see below:

Line 1 ¢?? 1 syllable
Line 2 ¢?? 2 syllables
Line 3 ¢?? 3 syllables
Line 4 ¢?? 4 syllables
Line 5 ¢?? 10 syllables

An Example of a Tetractys Poem

I 1
Am four 2
And I go 3
To big school where 4
I learn to read and write and spell my name. 10


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