Hello to all the toads and pond dwellers ! Today we are going to tackle a nine-line poem, called the rictameter. The first 5 lines are very similar to a cinquain. The rictameter pattern of syllables per line goes like this: 2,4,6,8,10,8,6,4,2. Also, the first and last lines must be the same.
One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.