Rubliw

A form developed from the Cinquain by Richard Wilbur, and is usually a message to someone, or group, or indeed mankind. It is normally iambic, starting with monometer, then dimeter, trimeter, tetrameter, and then pentameter. At this point the meter descends tetrameter, trimeter, dimeter, finally monometer.

For Lewis Turco

Dear Lew
All hail to you,
Old formalist who through
Your Book of Forms inform the new
If you can name this bloody form, please do,
Before it disappears from view,
For you're the man who
Might manage to.
Adieu

Richard Wilbur




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