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"Poetry is the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds."
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)
One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Rubliw: History and How-To
Last month I talked about the epistle poetry form. I thought this month I would continue on this theme and talk about the rubliw, which is similar to the epistle. While the epistle is a letter, the rubliw is a message in a stricter form.
This form was created by Richard Wilbur. He was born in 1921 and was named the Poet Laureate of the United States in 1987 (www.english.illinois.edu). The name of the form is his last name in reverse. This strict form is similar to the cinquain in that each line increases to a midpoint and then decreases in the same pattern (Turco).
--Make it a message to someone. Traditionally the first line is the opening of your message (eg. Dear_____).
--Use mono-rhyme (each line rhymes with all the other lines).
--Traditionally the meter is iambic and follows this pattern: Lines 1 and 9 are monometer, lines 2 and 8 are dimeter, lines 3 and 7 are trimeter, lines 4 and 6 are tetrameter, and line 5 is pentameter.
COULD HAVES or WHAT IS THE POET'S CHOICE IN ALL THIS?
-- Write it to anyone (or anything, for that matter).
Turco, Lewis. The Book of Forms. 3rd. Lebanon, New Hampshire: University Press of New England, 2000.
Theme: One rubliw (slightly different than described here) and some cinquains
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Comments on last month's newsletter:
By: troy ulysses davis
Comment: Thanks again for your valued research.
By: Steve adding writing to ntbk.
Comment: Epistles are also found in the Bible. They are letters of the disciples to the reader then and to us even today. Paul is among the more prolific in the Bible.
Thank you for your historical view of the origin of the Epistle poem. Christmas day marks the 25th wedding anniversary of myself and my Purple Princess, Rhonda who is present in much of my writing. I am inspired by this newsletter to write an anniversary Epistle to my beloved. You are important to God; your family; the WdC and Copenator out!
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