V is for Villanelle

The villanelle, like the other French forms, does have many of the same properties: plenty of rhyme and repetition. This French form was actually adapted from Italian folk songs (villanella) about rural life. One of the more famous contemporary villanelles is “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night,” by Dylan Thomas.

The villanelle consists of five tercets and a quatrain with line lengths of 8-10 syllables. The first and third lines of the first stanza become refrains that repeat throughout the poem. It looks like this:

A(1)
b
A(2)

a
b
A(1)

a
b
A(2)

a
b
A(1)

a
b
A(2)

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b
A(1)
A(2)

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VIOLET
Violet is such a pretty flower
Springing up by the roadside
The sun is making it brighter

Its aroma makes me calmer
The countryside is beautified
Violet is such a pretty flower

Violet is such a splendour
Like being in heaven, I sighed
The sun is making it brighter

He gave it to me to ease my anger
He said sorry and we both cried
Violet is such a pretty flower

A poem was made and I’m the author
With all the inspiration it provides
The sun is making it brighter

Violet is such a charmer
I always put it by my bedside
Violet is such a pretty flower
The sun is making it brighter

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

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For: 26th day of NaPoWriMo and Victory Lap at the #AtoZChallenge !

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