Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Monday Poetry Stretch - Terzanelle

I'm a day late this holiday week, but I'm here and glad you are as well.

So, what do you get when you cross a terza rima and a villanelle? The answer is a poetic form called a terzanelle. A terzanelle uses the villanelle’s form of five triplets and a quatrain with the interlocking rhyme scheme of the terza rima.

Here is the line pattern and rhyme scheme.

1 a1
2 b1
3 a2

4 b2
5 c1
6 repeat line 2

7 c2
8 d1
9 repeat line 5

10 d2
11 e1
12 repeat line 8

13 e2
14 f1
15 repeat line 11

16 f2
17 repeat line 1
18 repeat line 14
19 repeat line 3

You can read more about the terzanelle at Form and Formlessness.

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


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  2. Terzanelle

    By the dank dark mist of morning
    every syllable was trapped,
    held prisoner - a warning.

    Each spoken word kidnapped
    by the haunt of weeping willows.
    Every syllable was trapped

    beneath the pillow,
    grim floating cloud,
    by the haunt of weeping willow

    as if the very shroud
    worn by the ghostly woman.
    Grim floating cloud

    perchance a glimpse, an omen?
    Portent of what shall be
    worn by the ghostly woman

    walking toward the sea
    by the dank dark mist of morning?
    Portent of what shall be
    held prisoner - a warning!

    © 2016 Judith Robinson