Catena Rondo

 

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The Catena Rondo, created by academic writer and poet Robin Skelton. It is a quatrain stanza form with the second line forming a rhyming couplet with the third line. The second line also becomes the first and fourth lines of the following stanza. There is no limit to the number of stanzas and the final stanza is a repeat of the first This gives a schematic of

ABbA
BCcB
CDdC
And so on until
ZAaZ
ABbA

 

Example: On Butterfly Wings by Jez Farmer

The air is like a butterfly
when fragile wings gather the spring
in rays of love from the Sun King.
The air is like a butterfly.

When fragile wings gather the spring
amid the soft pink cherry trees
that sway in the warm April breeze.
The fragile wings that gather spring.

Amid the soft pink cherry trees
our love blossoms before our eyes
as we walk beneath azure skies.
Amid the soft pink cherry trees.

Our love blossoms before our eyes
as we unite in dreams unsung
joyful laughter like church bells rung.
Our love blossoms before our eyes.

As we unite in dreams unsung
the air is like a butterfly
so, we dance among the wild rye.
As we unite in dreams unsung.

The air is like a butterfly
when fragile wings gather the spring
in rays of love from the Sun King.
The air is like a butterfly.

©JG Farmer 2018

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