Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Forms of Poetry (week 3):

Villanelles! A French verse form derived from an earlier Italian folk song; retains a circular pattern of a peasant dance.

five tercets rhyming aba
followed by a quatrain rhyming abaa
(19 lines)

"The Waking" (Roethke)
"Missing Dates" (Empson)
"One Art" (Bishop)
"Villanelle for the Middle of the Night" (Osherow)


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