Rubāʿī” (رباعي) is a poetry style, the Arabic term for “quatrain“. It is used to describe a Persian quatrain, or its derivative form in English and other languages. The plural form of the word, rubāʿiyāt (رباعیات ), often anglicised rubaiyat, is used to describe a collection of such quatrains.
There are a number of possible rhyme schemes
to the rubaiyat form, e.g. AABA, AAAA.
In Persian verse
, a ruba’i visually contains only four lines, its rhyme falling at the middle and end of the lines.
A single quatrain is a Rubai, several together are a Rubaiyat, linked by the stanza’s un-rhyming line they become an Interlocking Rubaiyat
Structure, Metrical Requirement, Rhyme Scheme Requirement, Stanzaic
A rubaiyat with interlocking rhyme. Quatrains composed of decasyllabic lines with rhyme scheme aaba bbcb ccdc … zzaz.
Ghiyath al-Din Abu’l-Fath Umar ibn Ibrahim Al-Nisaburi al-Khayyami
A three stanza interlocking rubaiyat would be:
My thanks to Ron Newman at Volecentral for this information, his site is a wonderful resource.
Free Agent (Rubaiyat)
Testosterone Tom was a monstrous man
raised in the arctic where caribou ran.
When he ate there weren’t left-overs; Tom had
never heard of baseball, bagels, or flan.
Like a fish to an aquarium sent,
or a monkey to a zoo, our Tom spent
his first weeks in Maine looking for control.
Slowly festering smarts would now augment.
Tom learned of the NFL, why quibble.
For this quest he had no need to dribble.
For his size there was no counter-balance,
We’ll not divulge teams taking a nibble.
© Lawrencealot – December 29, 2012