Rondel Poetry Form

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Anyone who's followed this blog for a while knows that I love the French poetic forms, so it's about time I covered the rondel, since it's a close cousin to the rondeau and triolet.

Here are the rondel poetry form rules:

  1. Poem consists of 13 lines in 3 stanzas
  2. Rhyme scheme: ABba/abAB/abbaA (uppercase letters are refrains)
  3. Usually 8 syllables per line

If you wish to write a rondel prime (or supreme), add a 14th line. In fact, rondel prime sounds pretty cool.

Here's my attempt at a rondel poem:

"Some Good"

Every day, there is some good;
every day, there is some bad.
Don't worry about what you had
or waste your time knocking on wood,

because this life's misunderstood,
and there's no reason to get mad--
every day, there is some good;
every day, there is some bad.

Crime happens in all neighborhoods,
though in some crime is just a fad.
If you live somewhere safe, be glad
you're well off. Elevate your mood--
every day, there is some good.


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