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Rondel Double: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the rondel double, a 16-line French form.

For this week's poetic form, let's look at the rondel double, a 16-line French form. (In case you're wondering, there is rondel single, which is actually 13 lines and not eight.)

Here are the guidelines for the rondel double:

  • Poem comprised of four quatrains (four-line stanzas)
  • Rhyme scheme (capitals are refrains): ABBA/abBA/abba/ABBA
  • As with most French forms, usually eight- to 10-syllable lines

Also, be sure to check out the 14-line rondel supreme.

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Here's my attempt at a rondel double:

"Trouble," by Robert Lee Brewer

We swallow love as if it's rain
and sing our songs with nonstop joy
and sing our songs with nonstop joy
swallowing love as if it's rain

falling from hearts that feel the stain
of every girl and every boy
who sing our songs with nonstop joy
swallowing love as if it's rain.

A storm, a shower without pain
is one that will never annoy
or excite and might be too coy--
we can't not chant the sweet refrain:

We swallow love as if it's rain
and sing our songs with nonstop joy
and sing our songs with nonstop joy
swallowing love as if it's rain.

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