Monday, November 03, 2014

Monday Poetry Stretch - Rondelet

I've been inconsistent in posting stretches this semester, so I'm trying to get back on track with a new form.

The rondelet is a 7-line French poetic form that contains a refrain, strict rhyme scheme, and distinct syllable pattern. The structure is:
Line 1 : A—4 syllables (refrain)
Line 2 : b—8 syllables
Line 3 : A—repeat of Line 1 (refrain)
Line 4 : a—8 syllables
Line 5 : b—8 syllables
Line 6 : b—8 syllables
Line 7 : A—repeat of Line 1 (refrain)
You can read more about this form at Shadow Poetry and LOTR Rondelets.

I hope you'll join me this week in writing a rondelet. Please share a link to your poem or the poem itself in the comments.


  1. And I've been inconsistent in participating when you DO post them. Making a note in my poetry diary. Will see if a rondelet comes out this week:>)

  2. November Day

    November day.
    Dark, unforgiving. Still and cold.
    November day.
    My mind, like November, is gray.
    I’ve lost dreams of August, lost gold.
    The road, branches, sky are all old.
    November day.

    —Kate Coombs, 2014
    all rights reserved

    It’s Halloween!
    Time to give my neighbors a scare,
    It’s Halloween!
    Costumes on, ready to be seen,
    Come here, say hello, if you dare,
    When you start to cry, I won’t care,
    It’s Halloween!

    (c) Charles Waters 2014 all rights reserved.

  4. Took me all week but got it done:

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  6. A fall theme, good combination of poems--nice, Charles and Jone!