Atarlis Fileata


According to the internet (these contemporary invented forms are really hard to find the story of), the Atarlis Fileata is a contemporary invented form, invented by Cathy Bollhoefer. Atarlis Fileata is Gaelic for “repeating poetic” although the poem form itself does not follow the standards of old traditional Celtic Forms.


  • 7-line poem
  • measured by number of words, not meter or syllable count, with 2, 3, 4, 5, 4, 3, 2 words per line
  • and only one rhyme — in the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th lines: ABacaBA,
  • two refrains: the first two lines reversing as the last two lines.
  • There may be a very slight variation in line 6 and 7, usually only changing one word or rearranging the words already used, but saying basically the same thing.
  • There may be any # of stanzas, but each stanza must be able to stand alone.


Vademecum Poetico de Irlanda by Saul Elias Macias Eredia

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