For years, I've been meaning to cover the bob and wheel. So I'm glad we're finally getting at it today. This form is most commonly associated with longer poems like "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight," but I want to focus on it, for this post, as its own poetic form.
Here are the guidelines:
- Quintain (or five-line) stanza or poem
- Rhyme scheme of ababa
- First line of two to three syllables
- Lines two through five have six syllables per line
Simple as that.
Play with poetic forms!
Poetic forms are fun poetic games, and this digital guide collects more than 100 poetic forms, including more established poetic forms (like sestinas and sonnets) and newer invented forms (like golden shovels and fibs).
Here’s my attempt at a bob and wheel:
Maybe Football, by Robert Lee Brewer
season is nearly here
as we close in on fall
and folks begin to cheer
for the fun of it all.
it seems too frivolous
to root on a pro team
to be victorious
for just some normalcy.