10-line Poem Challenge #6 Ercil – Early Century Art


#10-line Poem Challenge #6 Ercil – Early Century Art

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Early Century Art

boat building
that’s good graining
mounted fulfilling
cutting edge
first class frontier
stranded on the edge
not boring.

The Ercil was created by James Gray in honor of Arkansas poet Ercil Brown. It appears to be an exercise in a meter. I had some trouble trying to work out and understand writing in meter, I would rather write poetry in Syllables, so hope this poem worked, anyone understanding the Ercil form of poetry, please feel free to correct me.

Ercil is a:

  • Decastich is written in one single stanza on any subject.
  • Rhythm: iambic
  • Meter: lines 1,5 dimeter; lines 2,6,9,10 trimeter; lines 3,7 tetrameter; lines 4,8 pentameter
  • Rhyme scheme: ababcdcdee

The meter is not so tricky if you think of it this way:
In order, the lines each have 2-3-4-5-2-3-4-5-3-3 metric feet.



  1. You wrote in syllables instead of feet 🙂 but your rhyme is excellent! I like your theme too. I guess I didn’t explain it clearly enough in the tutorial. Iambic rhythm has two syllables, a weak one followed by a strong one (ex. in-STEAD). So, if you want to think of it in terms of syllables instead of feet, just double the numbers. That said, 2-3-4-5-2-3-4-5-3-3 iambic feet would be 4-6-8-10-4-6-8-10-6-6 syllables. Does that help?

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