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A Villanelle was my task for this week, and this form has firmly established itself as my favourite of those I have explored so far. A poem of 19 lines, six stanzas, two complete lines that repeat in an alternating pattern, plus a specific rhyme scheme and meter, this is a highly structured form. I personally found it very musical and strangely moving. Maybe that’s partly because I used as my example and inspiration, one of the most famous ever written – Dylan Thomas’ ‘Do not go gentle into that good night’ (read it at the link below)

http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15377

The name villanelle derives from the Italian villanella, referring to a rustic song or dance, and which comes from villano, meaning peasant or villein.

If you want to find out more, or maybe you fancy trying to write one for yourself, you can find more details about the background and structure of this form here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villanelle

And here’s my attempt…enjoy!

Don’t miss the chance to watch this season grow

Don’t miss the chance to watch this season grow

I chide myself as feet meet frosty earth

Observe and note the change that marks time’s flow

For hourly nature repaints all I know

To play with light and colour for her mirth

Don’t miss the chance to watch this season grow

The morning yields a dusting of fresh snow

Fearing of the cold I mildly curse

Observe and note the change that marks time’s flow

I meet green shoots who shout a bright hello

And birds who sing to me of life’s rebirth

Don’t miss the chance to watch this season grow

The sky’s awash with sunset’s soft pink glow

I drink its beauty in with ancient thirst

Observe and note the change that marks time’s flow

My gaze lands on the tree I stand below

I wrap my arms around her mighty girth

Don’t miss the chance to watch this season grow

Observe and note the change that marks times flow

And if you write one yourself, do share it in the comments section, or send me a link.

See you next Friday for: The Italian (or Petrarchan) Sonnet

And here are links to the three previous Form Fridays:

https://wordsthatserve.wordpress.com/2013/02/08/form-friday/

https://wordsthatserve.wordpress.com/2013/02/15/form-friday-2/

https://wordsthatserve.wordpress.com/2013/02/22/form-friday-3/

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