Summary: Two accepted forms:
Eight lines: Rhyming a - b - a - b - c - d - c - d
or Ten Lines: Rhyming a - b - a - b - b - c - c - d - c - d
METER: Not required; Classic meter customary.
A French form popular in the 15th and 16th centuries, it is a single
stanza of 8 or 10 lines (10 being more common), with 8 or 10 syllables
in each line (each line being of the same length). A classic meter is
normally used, e.g. iambic pentameter.
The rhyme scheme is ababcdcd, or ababbccdcd.
Below is an 8 stanza iambic tetrameter example.
Dark dandy finely cloaked does walk
with daunting cold disdain for some
at night presuming he can shock
and render still those thieves so dumb
as to try force against this man.
His staff benevolent, it's said,
in daytime will foil nighttime plan
against him; leaving fools quite dead.
© Lawrencealot - April 2, 2012