Friend so true
But no more there
Lost to the world blue
A tear of weary eyes
Drops down in the snow so cold
Turns into a flower made of gold

I don't remember the name but the number of sylabbles in a line are equal to the number of the line. That is , the first line has one sylable, the 2nd has 2, the third has 3.... Sometimes it is written in the reverse order also. that is the first line has 10 sylables and the 10th line ends with one syllable.

Can anybody help me in remembering the name of this style?
I don't know what you call it but I find it most beautiful.
Thanks Maj
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Hello Anita!

Is it 'rhopalics'?

What a great word! I had to look it up, but from my reading of the definition, I don't think the above poem qualifies. I do agree it is a lovely poem and construct.

"A rhopalic is a poetic / word-play construct in which each succeeding word is one segment longer than the preceding one. It may be with increasing syllables, or (a bit more difficult) by adding one additional letter to each word as you go." I apologise - i have instantly lost the source of the above quote.
Thanks Mr.P and Abbie. If I'm not mistaken, it starts with E but I still can't remember it though I've been searching a lot.
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Is it an 'ethere'?

(That has quite a lot of Es.)


(PS: It suits you, Anita.)
And Mr. P. strikes again. It is, it is.


This poetry form contains of 10 lines.
Line 1 = 1 syllable
Line 2 = 2 syllables
Line 3 = 3 syllables
Line 4 = 4 syllables
Line 5 = 5 syllables
Line 6 = 6 syllables
Line 7 = 7 syllables
Line 8 = 8 syllables
Line 9 = 9 syllables
Line 10 = 10 syllables
There is Ethere, Double Ethere, and Reverse Ethere.
Reverse Ethere is 10 lines in absolute reverse of Ethere.
Double Ethere is Ethere and reverse ethere put together.
Thanks a lot Mr.P. U helped me right in time. Hope my poem is an 'Ethere'!

Thanks Abbie. I appreciate it.
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