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Tuesday, March 26, 2013


Ballade, not to be confused with a Ballad.
Pronouced:  bahl ODD, rhymes with God.

The ballade typically consists of three stanzas of 8 lines each, 
with a concluding 4-line envoi often addressed to a prince.
 The stanzas and envoi employ a refrain in the last line. 
The rhyme scheme is ababbcbC ababbcbC ababbcbC bcbC. 
I found both tetrameter and pentameter poems, but no definition.

Example Poem

The Puppy

An only child I grew up free
of sibling squabbles, which was fine.
No nieces, nephews, there for me,
I was a lone leaf on the vine,
the end of this old family line.
I never felt my life flawed.
I found a puppy in decline.
A puppy was my gift from God.

I found the fellow by a tree,
abandoned, nestled by a pine.
We were then poor, but he was free!
I pledged to feed him food of mine.
The way we bonded seemed divine.
My mom and grandma were both awed.
The puppy never once did whine.
A puppy was my gift from God.

I taught the puppy where to pee.
He learned to sit with just a sign.
Where ever I was, there was he.
I nursed him 'til his eyes did shine
with life,  no more was he supine.
He slept with me;  he never gnawed.
He filled lonesome days with sunshine.
A puppy was my gift from God.

That puppy made my life benign.
Oh, Prince of Peace, men must applaud
the wonder of the grand design.
A puppy is a gift from God.

© Lawrencealot - April 22,2012

Related forms: Ballade, Ballade StanzaBallade Supreme, Double Ballade, Canzone II, Chanso, Double Ballade Supreme, Double Refrain Ballade, Double Refrain Ballade Supreme, Grand Ballade or Chant Royal.

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