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batyatoon ([personal profile] batyatoon) wrote2014-01-13 10:21 pm

hello, poetry tag, how I have missed you.

A villanelle (also known as villanesque) is a nineteen-line poetic form consisting of five tercets followed by a quatrain. There are two refrains and two repeating rhymes, with the first and third line of the first tercet repeated alternately until the last stanza, which includes both repeated lines. The villanelle is an example of a fixed verse form.
-Wikipedia

Villanelles are a nightmare; there is no other way to say it.
-Craft of Poetry


I've never tried to write a villanelle,
Among the many things I've never tried.
It's my first time. I hope I do it well.

New things have such a captivating smell,
Before the springing sap in them has dried.
I've never tried to write a villanelle.

One reference says: this poem form is a cell,
Two rhymes, two lines; the poet's locked inside.
It's my first time. I hope I do it well.

The nervousness repeats now like a spell:
Unease is poison to a writer's pride.
(I've never tried to write a villanelle.)

Two rhymes, two lines, and something true to tell;
I'll know what I decide when I decide.
It's my first time. I hope I do it well.

Echoes of citadel or asphodel:
I'm no Prince Lir, to rhyme against the tide.
I've never tried to write a villanelle.
It's my first time. I hope I do it well.

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