Erithi poetry

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Erithi poetry is an Official GemStone IV Document, and it is protected from editing.

Individual Erithi

It's not outside the realm of possibility for some erithi to not be drawn to this traditional poetry style and to write, read, and enjoy other kinds of poetry. Any claims that this non-traditional way is "all the rage in the erithi lands now" or any such claptrap is just that. The erithi style of poetry is alive and well and shows no signs of dying or being supplanted.


A social or political dialogue in a format that will not offend any listener

Key Elements

Symbolism, assonance, alliteration, imagery, and consonance. Rhyme schemes are unimportant.

Poetry never refers to a living erithi by name. Typically, only elders are poetry masters, and not all erithi will "get" poetry or learn its language. Poets never write down their own poetry. They speak it and others write it down.

It could almost be considered a code or a riddle.

What it is not:

It is not a haiku, a song, or a rhyme-driven poem. It is not like other poetry that might wax rhapsodic about a woman's smile. If it is doing that, it is doing it for another reason.

Teaching the Poetry

Kavrajjuri stated that the poetry was not actually taught, nor are there classes in understanding it. The poetry unfolds as you learn and study more of it. This, however, is a bias, per Chief Scholar Isienaka. There is a small group that feels you "lose" something if you teach it formally and adhere strictly to Kavrajjuri's statement. It can be assumed Kavrajjuri was learning poetry within a group of this bias. There is some truth to the statement, of course, as the best learning comes in time with effort, understanding, and wisdom. There are mostly informal studies on the poetry, and a few formal studies, on the poetry and its meaning.

Known Symbols

Note that not only is this list not comprehensive, but that each of these symbols might have different meanings depending on context and other elements.

Term Symbolic Meaning
Agate, Beetle industriousness (positive), bitter habit or lack of imagination (negative)
Agate, Nathala bounty of the ocean
Agates soul, Lumnis (mother of agates), probably more
Aishan loyalty beyond ethics, referencing aishan eyes always means inspiring fear
Back outcasting, refusal, denial
Butterfly Yichan Dai, beauty, art, playfulness
Colors Colors in poetry are not a 1:1 correlation with colors in regular life, so wearing white doesnt have to have the same symbolism white in a poem would have
Dragonfly Judgment, justice (can be divinely inspired)
Drinking something accept it fully, embrace it and make it part of you
Ears perception of the world, words heard
Eating something benefits from it while destroying it utterly
Eyes telepathy, soul, emotion, communication of emotion
Falcon Valaka Dai, someone on a quest, a quest, freedom
Fire fear, hunger of soul, hunger of body
Fireflies messages, news traveling
Hands act of creation
Harp Elf (used to mean something else, changed in last century, previous meaning not released)
Hawk a happening of swift and sudden precision, typically modifies another symbol
Jewels Indicated that various jewels have meanings, so open for expansion here
Katana masterwork, driving purpose
Kiss important to look at direction of the kiss (i.e. who kissed whom)
Leaves Peoples lives
Liabo healing, compassion, blessings, honesty, or some combination thereof
Lips love, affection
Lornon mystery, chaos, malice, revealed secrets
Makiri (also known as the poets moon) creativity, inspiration, secret guidance
Mist wisdom
Mountain tradition, honor, heritage, duty
Ocean danger, outsiders, intruders, or when a Nathala speaks might mean bounty and/or guidance
Owl Eloth Dai, dangerous knowledge, Fash'lo'nae
Ram Surath Dai, meaningless stubbornness (negative), determination, leadership of a small group
Raven always represents an elder erithi, often someone with social or political power or the poet. Significant symbol because it helps provide context for the poems understanding
Salmon Tichan Dai, faithfulness, journey, desire to return home
Shoulders compassion, comfort
Silver memory, the past, nostalgia, reminder of something lost
Sword (non-katana) regret, honor, or both
Throat one of the most important body symbols. Speech and words
Tilaok energy, physical motion, elemental magic
Tree branch or bough often refers to a leader
Valley sanctuary, peace
Vulture cycles of life, redemption through transformation, the inevitable
West continent of Elanith
White death, grief, funeral ritual (if person is alone)
White jade receptiveness, youth, innocence
Wolf prophecy, fate, predetermination, Jastev, something Jastev sees
Wrists guidance, instruction
Yak willingness to shoulder burdens