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Friday, February 22, 2013


A Rondeau is a French form, 15 lines long, consisting of
three stanzas: a quintet, a quatrain, and a sestet
with a rhyme scheme as follows: aabba aabR aabbaR.
 Lines 9 and 15 are short - a refrain (R) consisting of a phrase taken from line one. The other lines are longer (but all of the same metrical length).

Example Poem

Write a Rondeau;  I'll Show You How.

Just start with statement bold that now
is  your refrain. The word you choose
for "a" and "b" need rhymes you'll use
a lot. Like,  love, and dove, and cow.
I chose not well but any how
we'll write now with a wrinkled brow.
Don't choose like you have naught to lose
Write a Rondeau.  
We strive to write so we shall plough
ahead and to troubles not bow.
This line now fits with out excuse
Proclaiming rhyme with out abuse.
About done let's now keep our vow.
Write a Rondeau.

(c) Lawrencealot - April 1, 2012

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