Declining The Tetractys

Okay, so The Real Toads are playing a more formal game this weekend, asking us to write something called a Tetractys. They tell us:

The tetractys was invented by Ray Stebbings, who says this about the form: “Euclid, the mathematician of classical times, considered the number series 1,2,3,4 to have mystical significance because its sum is 10, so he dignified it with a name of its own–Tetractys. The tetractys could be Britain’s answer to the haiku. Its challenge is to express a complete thought, profound or comic, witty or wise, within the narrow compass of twenty syllables.”

The tetractys is a five-line poem with 20 total syllables, in a lovely and balanced arrangement, like this: 1–2–3–4–10

So the first four lines together have ten syllables and the last line has ten syllables.

Here’s mine:

Nope.
I don’t
play those games.
It’s not my style.
Counting syllables is just not my thing.

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Real Toads Write Tetractys Here
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13 thoughts on “Declining The Tetractys

  1. This is very clever and…honest! I don’t mind counting syllables as long as they are not more than seventeen but..I hate doing rhymes. Not smart enuff, ya know?

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