Sunday, May 19, 2013

Rictameter: a very modern poetic form

Wikipedia photo
Robin Williams, 2007

Williams and
his friends enacted a
paen to poets long dead—
two cousins took the idea and ran with it.
Jason Wilkins, Richard Lunsford
gave us rictameters
to remember

Richard Schear photo
Lindy Davies-Schear
your dog
a warm bundle
of sweet adoration
from a heart that beats just for you
with true love and ever-firm devotion
filling you with deep emotion:
what if you don’t deserve
this much love from
your dog?
For the Sunday mini-challenge this week, Grace  (aka Heaven) introduced, to the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, a late 20th century poetry form, rictameter. It consists of nine lines with a syllable count of 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 — and the first and last lines must be the same.

(Rictameter was) created in the early 1990s by two cousins, Jason D. Wilkins and Richard W. Lunsford, Jr., for a poetry contest that was held as a weekly practice of their self-invented order, The Brotherhood of the Amarantos Mystery. The order was inspired by the Robin Williams movie Dead Poets Society.
The first examples of the rictameter form to be made public were submissions made by Jason Wilkins to the website in 2000 and were the first two poems created by both Jason D. Wilkins and his cousin, Richard Lunsford, Jr.
Source: Wikipedia


Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Goodness, that's an interesting form. Lovely ode to Lindy too! Hope you are well - am under the hammer a bit here, but going along okay so far.

Hugs, YAM xx

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Love your rictameter and the topic, of course. Good question, too. It hurts to think of such devotion returned by cruelty.

Kerry O'Connor said...

No one fully deserves the love a dog has to give, but we take it anyway.

aprille said...

Better subject than the moon.
Wonder why Shakespeare never wrote about them :-)
Or maybe he did and I missed it.

Mary said...

I sit here now with one dog on my lap and one sitting behind me and one next to me. I will take their love unashamedly....appreciating each of them immensely!!

Jinksy said...

Isn't 'paen' a lovely word? Especially when used for a poet. :)

asteria's canvass said...

i was constantly looking at my murphy(6 month old black labrador) while reading this and true no one welcomes me at home the way he does.

Helen said...

We are ALL deserving of great devotion from our pups!!! said...

First off, you could NOT love a dog like yours?

Loved the fact that you took the history of the rictameter and used it to create... a rictameter! You are a sly one, Kay. Loved both. Amy

Susan said...

I bet you do deserve the love! I found it a bit overwhelming--I barely deserve the love of my cat who came with a built in aloofness. Great use of form!

Loredana Donovan said...

Aww what a sweet poem about your dog. Isn't it wonderful how dogs love unconditionally? :)

Grace said...

Love the two rictameter poems ~ I thought the first one was specially clever as it was based on the form's history ~ You are lucky to have dog who is devoted to you Kay ~

LaTonya Baldwin said...

That's why we love them- they love us they don't judge us. Thank you.

mindlovemisery said...

So charming, dogs are just wonderful and I doubt humans deserve them but I am glad they love us