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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Le Jeune

The Le Jeune Form:

Invented by Barb_Brown
Three to five  six line stanzas, where each line has 5 syllables
Each stanza is 6 lines
All lines are 5 syllables
Internal mono-rhyme at syllable 2 in lines 2 and 4
The Final word in each stanza is the same word, and must rhyme with the other mono-end-rhymes.
No meter required.

-  Three to five stanzas
-  Each stanza is 6 lines
-  All lines are 5 syllables
Rhyme notes with parenthetic words from example:
1.  L2 and L4, W2 (a) in all stanzas rhymes (seen, mean, deem, etc.)
2.  L2 and L4, last word (b) in all stanzas rhymes (dismay, displays, gray, etc.).
3.  L6, W3 (c) in all stanzas rhymes (ease, please, seize)
4.  L6, last word (d) in all stanzas is the same word and must rhyme with #2 above. (day)

This example should help clarify:

Of hope comes much risk,
as seen in dismay.
Are you filled with shock,
so mean, these displays?
Gather all your wits
then to ease the day.

Of being human,
what deem you of gray?
Have you had thoughts of
odd schemes meant to stray?
Waste not a moment
then to please the day.

Of the dark of night,
in dreams do you stay?
Hide not in fear there,
nor demean your ways.
Draw on courage now,
then to seize the day!

by Barb Brown

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