Atarlis Fileata

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 Atarlis Fileata is:
• stanzaic, written in any number of septets but each septet must be able to stand alone, therefore a narrative would not be appropriate.
• measured by number of words not syllables or metric feet with 2-3-4-5-4-3-2 words per line.
• rhymed, A B a x a B A.
• 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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My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource.

My example

I Vote Wrong (Atarlis Fileata)

I try
although it’s meaningless,
that I won’t deny.
Candidates I vote for lose.
I don’t know why;
although it’s meaningless
I try.

© Lawrencealot – November 11, 2014

Visual template

Atarlis Fileata


  • The Lyrette is a syllabic invented verse form created by Dr. Israel Newman.The Lyrette is:
    • a heptastich, a poem in 7 lines.
    • syllabic, 2/3/4/5/4/3/2 syllables per line.
    • unrhymed.
    • each line should end with strong word.
My Thanks to Judi Van Gorder for the wonderful resource at PMO
Example poem
Our Store – circa 1949 (Lyrette)We walked
to the store
that had two aisles
for sundries and food
and through the door
malted milks
were sold.
© Lawrencealot – March 31, 2014