Villanelle

A Villanelle is a verse form of French origin consisting of 19 lines arranged in five tercets and a quatrain. The first and third lines of the first tercet recur alternately at the end of each subsequent tercet and both together at the end of the quatrain.

Within the rigid structure of the Villanelle is a sense of the ancient and a wisdom as if these words might have existed in the far reaches of our time and the poet has called upon words – an incantation with repetition that keeps you in the moment.

Here are some ideas if you want to tackle a Villanelle.

 

 

 

 

And some Villanelle.

I enjoyed listening to M. Mark discussion on Elizabeth Bishop and the ‘typography of silence’ before she reads ‘One Art.

 

 

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