History:

The Allitersen is an invented form (can we discuss for a second the absurdity of that term? What, were ballades created by the Big Bang along with the rocks and the platypus?) created by Udit Bhatia and debuted on Shadow Poetry.

Structure:

The Allitersen actually seems more complicated than it is, due to the little syllable table is involves.

  • seven lines
  • According to Unit, the syllable count is as follows:
    • 1st line- x syllables where x is whatever number you choose
      2nd line- x+2 syllables
      3rd line- x-1 syllables
      4th line- (x+2)-1 syllables
      5th line- x-2 syllables
      6th line- (x+2)-2 syllables
      7th line- x syllables
  • Two alliterations per line
  • Can be rhymed or unrhymed. If rhymed, the rhyme scheme is aabbbaa

Sources:

http://shadowpoetry.com/resources/wip/alliterisen.html