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Rictameter Definition

A Rictameter is a type of poem where the first and the last lines keep repeating. The first and the final lines also have to start with a two-syllable word. The syllabic count, therefore, has to be 2R.4.6.8.10.8.6.4.2R. This means that you have to start the first line with two syllables, increase the number of syllables in the next line by two until you reach the fifth line, which will have ten syllables. After that, you have to start decreasing the number of syllables in each line by two, until you get the two syllables you initially started with. This format will help to ensure that the final line has the two-syllable words that were there in the first line of the poem.

A Rictameter is quite similar to Cinquain. The idea of its creation is the same as that of Haiku. Initially, this syllabic structure was created in the early nineties by two cousins; Jason D. Wilkins and Richard W. if you create and center it, this poem will look like a diamond.

The primary forms of Rictameter are; double Rictameter and the inverted Rictameter. The double Rictameter is one poem that contains two Rictameter in a row. In the inverted Rictameter, the poet has to start with a ten-syllable line, go down reducing then until he comes to the two syllable line, then begin increasing the syllables in each line until they reach then ten syllables in the ninth line. 


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 - 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

Rictameter Poem Example

England's Ascot, Yorshire five day event in June Queen Elizabeth led the way in fashion and style on Ladies Parade. The first time for 300 years this racing event was held at Yorkshire England.


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