P is for Paradelle

Paradelle is a poetic form that Billy Collins originally introduced as “one of the more demanding French forms,” though eventually Collins fessed up that he created it as a joke.

Collins was not kidding about the demanding rules of the paradelle. Here they are:

The paradelle is a 4-stanza poem.
Each stanza consists of 6 lines.
For the first 3 stanzas, the 1st and 2nd lines should be the same; the 3rd and 4th lines should also be the same; and the 5th and 6th lines should be composed of all the words from the 1st and 3rd lines and only the words from the 1st and 3rd lines.
The final stanza should be composed of all the words in the 5th and 6th lines of the first three stanzas and only the words from the 5th and 6th lines of the first three stanzas.

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POLLY, THE PARROT
Who’s a pretty parrot, Polly?
Who’s a pretty parrot, Polly?
Yes, you are, so colourful bird
Yes, you are, so colourful bird
Oh yes, you’re so pretty Polly
A parrot, you’re so colourful

Ring, ring, hello, are you okay?
Ring, ring, hello, are you okay?
Teach the parrot how to say “hi”
Teach the parrot how to say “hi”
Ring, ring parrot says hello, hi
Teach: hello and are you okay?

My sole companion, my Polly
My sole companion, my Polly
She’s so appealing and friendly
She’s so appealing and friendly
My friendly Polly, appealing
My Polly, companion so sole

My friendly sole companion bird
Bird so pretty and colourful
Teach Polly to ring and say hello
She says hi and how are you?
Yes, you’re so appealing, Polly
Oh yes, you’re a pretty parrot

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

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For: nineteenth day of NaPoWriMo and It’s My Letter Day! P for Pam and P for Books, what? #AtoZChallenge

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