A Rictameter is a fixed-syllabic poetry form, similar to the Haiku and the Cinquain ( Click here See my own cinquain in an earlier blog. ). The rictameter starts with a two-syllable word as the first line. Then the line length in syllables is consecutively increased by two, i.e. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10. Then down again, from 8, 6, 4, 2. The final of the 9 lines is required to be the same two syllable word as in the opening line.
The format was created in the early 1990s by two cousins, Jason Wilkins and Richard Lunsford, for a poetry contest that was held as a weekly practice of their self-invented order, ‘The Brotherhood of the Amarantos Mystery’, which was apparently inspired by the Robin Williams film ‘Dead Poet’s Society’.
I have attempted three versions of this format below . . .
Cricket Keep a straight bat All that they throw at you Face up to it with fortitude Don’t be average be an all-rounder And when it’s time to pull up stumps Try to carry your bat Don’t declare, that’s Cricket.
Love hurts It burns the soul From lust to jealousy It does not let up from that pain So put alongside with its times of bliss The memories of anguished dread When all seemed to be dead All reason says Love hurts.
Absolve The human race Release them from their sins Forgive them their indiscretions Instead torment me on that cruel cross That I might thus remind them all That God our father loves And all our sins Absolves.
I have been experimenting with the poetic form – The CHERITA . . .
‘Cherita’ is the Malay word for story or tale. A cherita consists of a single stanza of a one-line verse, followed by a two-line verse, and then finishing with a three-line verse. It can be written solo or with up to three partners. (See the website at: https://www.thecherita.com for further information).
A letter arrives.
Hope stirs; Is it from her?
Addressed to: ‘The householder’. One more disappointment.
He carried a good deal of fat
If it were me I think I would scream
Can’t say fairer than that!
The DRIBBLE is a short poetic form consisting of exactly 100 letters (not 100 characters – spaces and punctuation are not counted. Dribbles usually take the form of a quatrain with a rhyme scheme of abab.
Any subject is acceptable, though it is normally based on a mundane or unconventional subject, but like the haiku or sonnet, some modern poets adhere only to the counting aspect of the form.
Because of the brevity of the form, the title of a dribble is often an integral part of the poem, but its letters are not counted against the total.
The name of the dribble is derived from the micro-fiction form known as the drabble, a story consisting of exactly 100 words.
For what it is worth, my own first attempt is given above . . .
As regular readers of Roland’s Ragbag will know, from time to time, I attempt a poem in a form which I have not previously tried. Today I publish below my attempt at a NONET . . .
A NONET – has nine lines. The first line has nine syllables, the second line eight syllables, the third line seven syllables, etc … until line nine finishes with one syllable. It can be on any subject and rhyming is optional. Sometimes printed as a -right angled triangle , at other times as a Pyramid – as below.