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micky brown
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The villanelle is a nineteen-line poetic form consisting of five tercets followed by a quatrain. There are two refrains and two repeating rhymes, with the first and third line of the first tercet repeated alternately until the last stanza, which includes both repeated lines.


Here is an example from Margaret Sheppard

Teignmouth - a villanelle

A charming town beside a changing sea

Is Teignmouth with its pier and famèd Ness

In the whole wide world this is the place for me


I've journeyed five continents to see

The famous sights which do impress;

A charming town beside a changing sea


Despite the lures of Rome and gai Paris

Or cities which stunning styles possess

In the whole wide world this is the place for me


Sample the local breakfast, lunch or tea

The kindness, goodness and largesse!

A charming town beside a changing sea


The Teign with all its natural beauty blessed

The constant ebb and flow within the estuary

A charming town beside a changing sea

In the whole wide world this is the place for me.


by Margaret Sheppard


November 27, 2018 at 3:51 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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