An epulaeryu is a 33-syllable 7-line poem describing or featuring a culinary treat about which the poet is fond. The name of this poetic form comes from the Latin word “epulae” — feast — and the Japanese word “ryu” — style.

There are seven syllables in the first line of an epulaeryu, five syllables in the second line, seven in the third, five in the fourth, five in the fifth, three in the sixth, and one in the seventh. The single word on the last line is followed by an exclamation point — !

The pattern for an epulaeryu looks like this:

7 – 5 – 7 – 5 – 5 – 3 – 1!