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Lai Nouveau

Type:  

Structure, Metrical Requirement, Repetitive Requirement, Rhyme Scheme Requirement, Stanzaic

 
Description: 

Related to the Lai, the Lai Nouveau has a similar pattern, but uses the first two "a" rhymes as refrains in subsequent verses, much like the villanelle. The lai nouveau always ends with the first two lines reversed. It can be any number of stanzas.

 
Origin: 

French

 
Schematic: 
Sample four stanza scematic:

xxxxA1
xxxxA2
xb
xxxxa
xxxxa
xb
xxxxa
xxxxa

xxxxa
xxxxa
xb or xc
xxxxa
xxxxa
xb or xc
xxxxa
xxxxA1

xxxxa
xxxxa
xb or xd
xxxxa
xxxxa
xb or xd
xxxxa
xxxxA2

xxxxa
xxxxa
xb or xe
xxxxa
xxxxa
xb or xe
xxxxA2
xxxxA1
 
Rhythm/Stanza Length: 

8

 
See Also:  

Lai

 
Status: 

Incomplete

 

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