Bob and Wheel: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the bob and wheel, an old school form that's often part of a longer poem.
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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.

(100 Poetic Forms for Poets.)

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.


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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.