Today, let’s try another poem that focuses on the number of syllables per line. It doesn't matter if they rhyme or not. Here is the pattern for a RICTAMETER POEM
A rictameter is a nine line poetry form. The 1st and last lines are the same with the syllable count as follows:
* line 1 – 2 syllables (use SAME word(s) as in line 9)
* line 2 – 4 syllables
* line 3 – 6 syllables
* line 4 – 8 syllables
* line 5 – 10 syllables
* line 6 – 8 syllables
* line 7 – 6 syllables
* line 8 – 4 syllables
* line 9 – 2 syllables (use SAME word(s) as in line 1)
There really isn’t a need for a title to your rictameter poem since the first line makes a good automatic title, but, on the other hand, I can’t find any “rules” that say you can’t title your poem so I’ve done it both ways with these examples ~ the first one I wrote while I was in China teaching English during their winter break in 2016. It was written directly to the Chinese students. I shared it with them as an example of a rictameter poem. (And today, April 20, is “Chinese Language Day” so a poem about China seemed appropriate). Cheers!!
My first time here
I came to teach English
You students were eager to learn
Our team taught you many wonderful things
And you taught us things in return
I hope I can come back
To my new love
© 2016 Stephanie Abney
Here’s one I wrote a few years ago about my youngest son who passed away at age 16
"On Missing My Son"
Joy in each day
What great times we all had
Getting through the good and the bad
And then, my happiness was gone, like you
Your body too weak for this world
Until we meet again
Never to part
© 2011 Stephanie Abney
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