Sunday, April 16, 2017

Day 15 - How to Write a Rictameter Poem for "30 Poems in 30 Days" - #NationalPoetryMonth

Greetings fellow poets, poetry lovers and newbies ~ so, today is Easter. If this is a day you celebrate, writing a poem might be tricky today with going to church and probably being with family for a big meal. So, although I will share another poetry form, feel free to use a poetic form we have already done this year or in years past or a free verse poem (so you don’t need to spend extra time learning a new style) and write one about Easter ~ or not; up to you.

Today I am going to feature a RICTAMETER POEM ~ it’s another poem that focuses on the number of syllables per line. It doesn't matter if they rhyme of not. I love poems with patterns because I think they help you develop skills. I also like the “look” of this poem when you center it on the page. Here’s the pattern for a rictameter poem:

A rictameter is a nine line poetry form. The 1st and last lines are the same (as in, they are repeated, exactly) with the syllable count as follows:

*       line 1 – 2 syllables (same as 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 (same as line 1)

Here’s one that I wrote when I went to China to teach at a two-week “English Camp” during their winter break in 2016 ~

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

And here is one that I wrote today for Easter ~

Showed us the way
Served others all His life
Taught by example how to live
Through His atonement we all can repent
And be worthy to live with Him
Gave His life to save us
Because of love

© 2017 Stephanie Abney

And one more – I wrote this about missing my son who passed away at the age of 16 (these poems are generally not given a title, but I added a title for this one:
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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Vicki said...

Day 16-Rictameter

Life renewal
Forever renewing
Just as planned in our creation
The Plan our Heavenly Father gave us
His children's glorious promise
Our lives are eternal
We will return

Peggy Barker said...

Joy of all joys,
All death has been conquered.
"Greater love hath no man than this,
that a man lay down his ​​​life​ for his ​​​friends​." (John 15:13)
His love brings us life eternal.
Sing praises unto Him