rhopalic

rhopalic

(rəʊˈpælɪk)
adj
(of poetry) in which each successive word has one more syllable than the word before
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When Willard Espy and I discussed it many years ago, he called it a "reverse rhopalic, except you don't change the order of the remaining letters.
But the extended reading of Hillman's "Rhopalic Aubade" is truly one of the best in the book, "as the form of the poem is shaped by an attentiveness to the ways blackbirds fly through the air, fly through language, and therefore fly through culture" (128-129)!
The poems range from rhopalic verse (such as snowballs and melting snowballs) to formal verse such as sestinas and sonnets (the later form explored in several different variations) to prose poems, mixed forms, and poems whose organizational principles are more difficult to discern.
rhopalic or ropalicGreek rhopalikos,literally, like a club (i.e., thicker toward the end), a derivative of rhopalon club, cudgel
Clublike (tapering shape) is the etymology of rhopalic.
The most extreme situation of this nature occurs when one has a reverse rhopalic phrase, with the last word before the target one letter long, the next-to-last word one or two letters long, the third-to-last word one, two or three letters long, etc.
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