This past week, I took turns diving into new poetic forms that I can use to make my upcoming poetry collection more diverse. Among those new forms was the Rondeau.
The Rondeau is one of the fixed forms of French poetry and became popular in the 14th/15th centuries. It consists of fourteen lines split up into three stanzas and looks something like this:
- First Stanza: AABBA
- Second Stanza: AABR
- Third Stanza: AABBAR
The R represents the refrain, which is the first four syllables of the beginning stanza, so choose those words carefully because you will repeat them! Also, consider your end words because you’ll need something that has at least 5-8 rhymes.
One last thing is the meter. A Rondeau uses Iambic Tetrameter (4 beats per line) except for the refrain, which is in Iambic Diameter (2 beats per line). The meter makes it easy for you to sing your poem or put it to music, so lyrics and emotions are also factors in the Rondeau’s construction.
With that in mind, here is my first attempt at writing a Rondeau. Enjoy!
Remember When Remember when we used to dance Upon the graves and took a chance Sowing what we aim to reap Surrounded by the endless sleep Beneath the dark, starry expanse The bones rattled as we pranced Lost within our moonlit trance Taking an unfettered leap Remember when We dreamed of making our advance But got derailed by circumstance Hard enough to make us weep And the price we paid was steep For you gave up on our romance Remember when
Also, if you liked this poem, you can find it and more in my upcoming collection By the Bones, which will be released Halloween 2020!