Rondel Notes

A neglected yet beautiful poetic form the Rondel is a thirteen-line form constructed over two rhymes. There is also a refrain, which is set by the first two lines of the first stanza. The meter is open to the poet’s discretion but like most French poetry forms is usually eight-syllable lines.

The rhyme scheme is ABab abAB abbaA

Example

The Rondel by Rev. Armitage Shankz

With just thirteen lines and two rhymes.
The first two lines — the first stanza —
Form a refrain and the central rhymes.
(Hint: simple like Tony Danza!)

A few choice words of better times
Beauty, love, the fruits of Kwanzaa
With just thirteen lines and two rhymes.
The first two lines, the first stanza,

Form the refrain the poem’s Chimes;
BUT! Quintain reigns the last stanza
Like Juan Bautista de Anza,
So you extract its basic primes
With just thirteen lines and two rhymes

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