Inspired by the movie ‘The Dead Poets Society’ cousins Jason and Richard Wilkins formed their own society of poets and from their challenges Richard created the Rictameter in 1990-91. Based on the concept of a cinquain and its functionality without restrictions other than format the popularity of the form has spread.
With no rhyme or meter there is only a strict adherence to the syllable count. Like the cinquain the Rictameter has a two syllable increment with each line, and a two syllable closure. However the Rictameter doesn’t stop at eight syllables it continues with a line of ten syllables then decreases each line by two syllables until the closure. The closure is a repeat of line one.
The syllable count is as follows – 2R, 4, 6, 8, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2R
Here is the very first one by Rich Wilkins;
Placed in your view
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