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Rondeau Redoublé: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the rondeau redoublé, which is a French form with refrains…

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the rondeau redoublé, which is a French form with refrains and end rhymes.The rondeau redoublé is kind of a like a mega-sized rondeau. It was invented by the 16th century French poet Clément Marot.Here are the basic guidelines for this poetic form:25 lines, comprised mostly of quatrains (or four-line stanzas)Lines are usually eight syllables longEach line of the first quatrain is a refrainRhyme scheme: A1B1A2B2/babA1/abaB1/babA2/abaB2/babaRThe final “R” line represents a rentrement, which means the first couple words or first phrase of the opening line is used*****Play with poetic forms!Poetic forms are fun poetic games, and this digital guide collects more than 100 poetic forms, including more established poetic forms (like sestinas and sonnets) and newer invented forms (like golden shovels and fibs).Click to continue.*****Here’s my attempt at a rondeau redoublé:Perhaps It Was Fate, by Robert Lee BrewerPerhaps it was fate you and Iended up on our little datesurrounded by the grass and skysmelling roses ’til half past eight.I know we’ll never duplicatethe awe and wonder of those sighswhen every small thing felt so great.Perhaps it was fate you and Ielevated ourselves so high.When others may have said, “Just wait,”we did not. Instead, you and Iended up on our little date,because we had to take the baitafter catching each other’s eyealmost as if straight out the gatesurrounded by the grass and sky.Here I am, and I’m still your guy,though I’ve added a bit of weightand you put up with all of mysmelling roses ’til half past eight.Perhaps we share some common traitthat draws from the other a sighfor even as the hour grows latewe’ve no intent to say, “Good-bye.”Perhaps it was fate.

 

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