Friday, January 11, 2008

Poetry Tips: Villanelles

What are villanelles? They are a type of poem originating in France derived from Italian folk songs. It consists of 19 lines and is divided into five stanzas called tercets (sets of three lines), ended by a quatrain (set of four lines). Also, there are two lines in the poem that typically are repeated throughout the poem’s entirety. Not only that, but there is a rhyme scheme. The tercets rhyme aba, and the quatrain rhymes abaa. I would map it out but it has been frustrating trying to get the blog format to work so I have provided a link which includes more information along with sample poems.

Thanks for dropping in and please stop in tomorrow for another poetry blog feature…