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A rictameter is an interesting, and visually beautiful type of poem. When centered, it looks much like a diamond. It is similar in idea to a haiku as far as the spirit of the poem, but seems to be an evolution of a cinquain.

To form a rictameter, you start with a line of two syllables, then consecutively increase each syllable number in the next lines by two, until you reach ten syllables in the fifth line. Then, you start decreasing by two syllables, until you reach the same two syllable line you started with.

The syllables would look something like this per line: 2,4,6,8,10,8,6,4,2.

If you wish to experiment with a rictameter, there are a number of ways to do so, one of which, the simplest, is to not use the same 2 syllable word from line one in line nine. There are also "double rictameters" which is basically one poem, of two rictameters in a row, which again is very visually expressive. There is also the inverted rictameter, in which you start with a ten syllable line, go down to a two syllable, line and then go upwards again to the ten syllable ninth line. The lines, syllable wise, would look like this: 10,8,6,4,2,4,6,8,10.

An example of a strict rictameter follows:

Sunshine
Buttery soft.
Peeking through the treetops.
Sneaking into the shadowed grove.
Bouncing off the water droplets of mist.
Claiming the dew-kissed foliage.
Blanketing in its warmth.
Silent blessings.
Sunshine.
A write-up on the rictameter, by * pamelaski
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monkgryphon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2006  Hobbyist Writer
Since I could not find Imperfect in chat to ask if a Rictameter requires a title. I will just post my poem that I have not titled.


Feigned cries.
Counterfeit sobs.
Escaping made-up lips.
Conjured, stimulating pity.
Perhaps persuade victor's heartful release.
When all else fails desired outcome.
Lies in place of teardrops.
Coward's last plea.
Feigned cries.
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monkgryphon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2006  Hobbyist Writer
oops can you delete this, I had teh wrong window opened when posting this.
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demonlight Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2004  Professional Writer
You learn something new every day. Impressive.
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poetry-of-hate Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2004
think i'll give it a try :)
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Maliceah Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2004
sign me up! I love this site! :)
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poetic-forms Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2004   Writer
Please send ~poetic-forms a note if you wish to join, that would help us out with our record-keeping a great deal! Thanks so much and I'm so glad you are interested in our poetry group!

*pamelaski
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Maliceah Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2004
ok. :) thanks!
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chaian Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2004
oooh - this is a very nice challenge...
i will take it on immediately!
(although actually answering it might take a while longer :S)
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poetic-forms Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2004   Writer
Good! I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

*pamelaski
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chaian Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2004
thank you!

shhh... breathe - no pressure....
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jl Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2004  Professional Writer
Wow. Somehow I have the impression that when reading this one out loud, you could start and end with a whisper, and almost shout towards the middle. Our vary the speed. Very impressive form, really.

Best regards
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poetic-forms Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2004   Writer
Very true, I think it has a lot of merit both visually and as far as the type of content you can have in it.
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