villanelle - Villanelle The villanelle features six stanzas 1-5 are tercets and the 6 th is a quatrain Lines 1 and 3 of the first stanza take turns

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Villanelle. The villanelle features six stanzas, 1-5 are tercets, and the 6 th is a quatrain. Lines 1 and 3 of the first stanza take turns repeating as the last line of stanzas 2-5, and form a couplet at the end of the 6 th stanza. The poem features an aba rhyme scheme, except the slight variation of abaa in the 6 th stanza. The easiest way to create a villanelle is to write two lines about a topic that you feel strongly about. These lines should rhyme and be about the same length. Once you’ve found two lines you’re happy with, these can be your repeating lines (A1 and A2). Don’t be afraid to move things around, or make slight variations on your A1 and A2. (See Theodore Roethke’s “The Waking” for an example of a slight variation.) Use words that are easy to rhyme, too, such as words that end in –es, -at, -ion, and the “e” sound.

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