French Pantoum

 

A Malaysian form that has been adapted by the French to give the popular repeating-verse of quatrains we know today.

The rhyme scheme is as follows:
A1 B1 A2 B2
B1 C1 B2 C2 and so on until the closing stanza completes the circle by reversing A1 and A2
Z1 A2 Z2 A1.

There is no set stanza count but traditionally there is an eight-syllable line count.
Example: Golden Rust by Jez Farmer

As green hills change to golden rust
And in the sunlight shimmer red
The turning seasons are a must
So life can come from all that’s dead.

And in the sunlight shimmer red
While roses wither on the bow’r
So life can come from all that’s dead
The sacred truth of nature’s pow’r.

While roses wither on the bow’r
And winter nights are drawing in
The sacred truth of nature’s pow’r
That’s found in love for kith and kin.

And winter nights are drawing in
As hearts quest for the warmth of fire
That’s found in love for kith and kin
Then sings of joy in all desire.

As hearts quest for the warmth of fire
The turning seasons are a must
Then sings of joy in all desire
As green hills change from golden rust

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