Villanelle  April 24, 2010 - May 24, 2010

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Villanelle Grand Winner - Even Lonely Souls Must Learn to Live
Villanelle Runner up - [writing deleted]


Write me a villanelle! This is a challenging form of poetry. I personally have been annoyed with it before. I think it is an interesting way to make yourself try something new.

The villanelle has no established meter, although most nineteenth-century villanelles have used trimeter or tetrameter and most twentieth-century villanelles have used pentameter. The essence of the fixed modern form is its distinctive pattern of rhyme and repetition. The rhyme-and-refrain pattern of the villanelle can be schematized as A1bA2 abA1 abA2 abA1 abA2 abA1A2 where letters ("a" and "b") indicate the two rhyme sounds, upper case indicates a refrain ("A"), and superscript numerals (1 and 2) indicate Refrain 1 and Refrain 2.

Refrain 1 (A1)
Line 2 (b)
Refrain 2 (A2)

Line 4 (a)
Line 5 (b)
Refrain 1 (A1)

Line 7 (a)
Line 8 (b)
Refrain 2 (A2)

Line 10 (a)
Line 11 (b)
Refrain 1 (A1)

Line 13 (a)
Line 14 (b)
Refrain 2 (A2)

Line 16 (a)
Line 17 (b)
Refrain 1 (A1)
Refrain 2 (A2)

You do not have to use this exact version of the form, but it needs to be obviously a villanelle. It may also help to look up famous villanelles as references.



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Created Apr 24, 2010