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Ballade

Type:  

Structure, Metrical Requirement, Repetitive Requirement, Rhyme Scheme Requirement, Isosyllabic

 
Description: 

Syllabic verse with lines of any single length. (For example: alexandrines or iambic pentameter.) Contains three octaves and a quatrain envoy all turning on three rhymes. A variation uses sestets in place of the octaves.

 
Origin: 

French

 
Schematic: 
ababbcbC
ababbcbC
ababbcbC
bcbC

There are only three rhymes in all 28 lines.
The capital C represents a repeated refrain which
ends each division of the poem.

No rhyme word should be repeated in the entire poem.
 
Weaknesses: 

There are only three rhymes in all 28 lines, so it's good for French or Scots English, but may be more difficult in regular English.

 
Starting Point: 

Have rhyme sounds with a lot of flexibility, since they will keep coming back.

 
Rhythm/Stanza Length: 

8

 
Line/Poem Length: 

28

 
See Also:  

Ballade Royale, Ballade Supreme, Chant Royal, Double Ballade, Double Ballade Supreme, Double Chant Royal, Double Refrain Ballade, Double Refrain Ballade Supreme, Double Refrain Chant Royal, Envoy, Huitain

 
Status: 

Incomplete

 

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