Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the roundel, an English 11-line variant of the roundeau.
- 11 lines
- three stanzas (quatrain, tercet, quatrain)
- the opening of the first line becomes a refrain of the fourth and 11th lines and rhymes with lines two, five, seven, and nine
- rhyme pattern: abaB bab abaB
- while there's no set syllable count per line, the lines within the poem are consistent, except for the refrain lines, which are more concise
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Here’s my attempt at a roundel:
Spirits, by Robert Lee Brewer
Again, I roam the old graveyard
as if it were a second home
or I its solitary guard.
Again, I roam
alone and compose this sad tome
as if a cemetery bard
could collect ghosts beneath a dome
and release them, broken and scarred,
like hair that passes through a comb
for this world to take or discard.
Again, I roam.