Amaranth is an invented verse form that was probably created as a teaching tool by Viola Gardner. It makes deliberate use of the 9 most common metric feet. Each line is one metric foot, the pattern changing from line to line.
The Amaranth is:
9 lines strophe. It is a stand alone poem.
metric, the 9 most common metric feet are used in sequence.
L1 Spondee SS
L2 Iamb uS
L3 Pyrrhic uu
L4 Dactyl Suu
L5 Trochee Su
L6 Amphimacer SuS
L7 Choriamb SuuS
L8 Anapest uuS
L9 Amphibrach uSu
rhymed at the discretion of the poet, although the metric restrictions are probably enough to contend with in this verse form.On the Cross by Judi Van GorderBehold!
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