So what can can be wrapped within wonderful words? Thank yous and kudos, love yous and take cares, see yous and … well, the list can continue..
Wrapped Within Words: Thank You
Another April has come and gone, which means another alphabetical journey of posts completed! You can check out my complete list of twofer posts with poetic forms, books, and more here. And while I did say thank you in that wrap up post, here it is again – A GREAT BIG THANK YOU – to all of you, who visit, read, and comment, and keep me blogging!!
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Poetic Sundays: Wrapped Within Words: The Rictameter
This week’s goal was to find a poetic form wrapped within something, so I thought why not a poem which starts and ends with the same word(s)/line and hence is effectively wrapped within words! This led me to the rictameter.
What is the Rictameter Poetic Form?
The rictameter is an invented poetic form created by two cousins, JasonD. Wilkins and Richard W. Lunsford, Jr., for a poetry contest held in the self-invented order called The Brotherhood of the Amarantos Mystery. This order was inspired by the Robin Williams movie Dead Poets Society.
It is a syllabic form where lines start at a length of two syllables, increase by two for each line up to ten in line five, and then decrease by two for each line till ending on line nine with the same two syllable word as the first line.
The Rictameter Poetic Form’s Characteristics
So the rictameter’s elements are that at its most basic, it is:
- stanzaic: stanza of nine-lines (poems can be self-contained within a single stanza or be made up of more than one nine-line stanza)
- syllabic: 2-4-6-8-10-8-6-4-2
- unrhymed (but nowhere does it state, from what I could find, that it cannot be rhymed – so the poet can do what they wish)
- titled or untitled (per the poet’s discretion, I guess, based on the examples I see across the internet for this form)
- refrained: the two-syllable word (or the two syllables) in the first line ends the poem as well
So this is how it looks
L1: xx (2 syllables)
L2: xxxx (4 syllables)
L3: xxxxxx (6 syllables)
L4: xxxxxxxx (8 syllables)
L5: xxxxxxxxxx (10 syllables)
L6: xxxxxxxx (8 syllables)
L7: xxxxxxxx (6 syllables)
L8: xxxx (4 syllables)
L9: xx (2 syllables)
Two versions of a poem (though I still need to work on both – or pick one and work on it more.. Sharing here as this post needs to be, well, done!). Left it untitled… for I guess the refrain word is enough…
She knows better
Actually, she knows best
what’s good for her kids, and not too,
when they need a hug, a kiss, and the rest.
like smiles, and a quiet ‘I love you.’
Always her kids greatest
cheer leader – a
~ Vidya Tiru @ ladyinreadwrites
A mom –
She knows better!
Actually, she knows best!
Knows exactly when a smile helps
and of course, when hugs are what her kids need.
Her touch soothes pains – like magic pills!
And her embrace warms chills.
A marvel? Or
~ vidya tiru @ ladyinreadwrites
h/t and Further reading
At Home and On My Blog
Finally got my wrap up post (well, with this post rather than as planned)..
- Sunday Scribblings #106: Now What? It’s Time to Laugh and Rhyme With Mother Goose
- One-Word Reviews for Ten Great Reads From Picture Books to YA
On My Blog & Homefront
On the home front, it is as usual. And on my blog, I might not blog everyday this week, I will postso work on visiting others as well as responding to comments on my blog.
Some of the Celebrations Wrapped Within This Week
Literary Celebrations (close-to-it also!)
- Literary birthdays this week of May include: Alan Bennett, Charles Simić, J. M. Barrie, Joy Harjo, and Richard Adams on May 9th; Barbara Taylor Bradford and Christopher Paul Curtis on the 10th; Richard P. Feynman and Irving Berlin on May 11th; Edward Lear and George Carlin on the 12th; Daphne du Maurier on May 13th; Jennifer Niven and Robert Owen on the 14th; and Katherine Anne Porter, L. Frank Baum, and Laura Hillenbrand on May 15th.
- May 12th is National Limerick Day
- May 9th is National Butterscotch Brownie Day and National Moscato Day
- The 11th is National Eat What You Want Day
- National Nutty Fudge Day is on the 12th!
- May 13th is International Hummus Day as well as National Apple Pie Day, National Crouton Day, and National Fruit Cocktail Day
- It is National Buttermilk Biscuit Day on May 14th
- National Chocolate Chip Day is on May 15th
- The 9th of May celebrates one of the greatest mysteries of our world; it is National Lost Sock Memorial Day as well as National Sleepover Day
- May 10th is National Clean Up Your Room Day
- The 11th celebrates National Twilight Zone Day
- May 12th is International Nurses Day
- National Blame Someone Else Day is on the first Friday the 13th of the year (May 13, 2022)
- May 14 celebrates National Decency Day
- World Migratory Bird Day is celebrated on the second Saturday in May (and again on the second Saturday in October) – May 14th, 2022
- May 15th is the International Day of Families, as well as World Baking Day (which falls annually on the third Sunday in May)
Wrapped Up: My Sunday Scribblings
So dear reader, you have reached the end of this Sunday Scribblings! As always, I welcome your thoughts, comments, and suggestions about this post. And do let me know if you plan to celebrate any of these mentioned celebrations this coming week/month?
linking this to the Sunday Post over at the Caffeinated Reviewer and the Sunday Salon
10 thoughts on “Sunday Scribblings #107: Wrapped Within Wonderful Words”
Thank you for the Rictameter lesson for today. And I love those poems for moms. 🙂
Vidya, your poems are GORGEOUS!!! WOW!!!!!! So beautiful. You are a very talented poet, keep at it!
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
I need more Poems from you. This is just amazing.
Your example of a rictameter poem was lovely! I really enjoyed it
What lovely poems, my favorite is the second one you posted.
These poems about mothers are so beautiful!
What a neat way to construct a poem! Love it!
Such an interesting poetic form, and certainly very visually appealing. I’ve never heard of this type of poem before.
I like the increasing urgency of the line length in this poetic form. Lovely poem!
I enjoy your poems and I always learn a little or get a refesher.