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Villanelle

Type:  

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

 
Description: 

A French form using repetition. The English version usually shows up as nineteen lines arranged in six verses. The French might carry it out further so that the middle stanzas could be any number greater than four with the same repeating pattern, giving a line count of 19 + 6n with an even number of verses.

 
Origin: 

French

 
Schematic: 
A1bA2 abA1 abA2 abA1 abA2 abA1A2
 
Rhythm/Stanza Length: 

3

 
Line/Poem Length: 

19

 
Examples: 

 
See Also:  

Dryden's Roundelay, Enclosed Triplet, Terza Rima, Terzanelle, Triolet, Villancico, Villancico II

 
Status: 

Incomplete

 

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