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Title: Sticky: Poetry Challenge # 152: Villanelle
Post by: Dansinger on December 23, 2017, 08:55:28 AM
I dare you: Write a villanelle!

Villanelle
The villanelle is a nineteen-line poem consisting of 5 stanzas of three lines (tercets), followed by one stanza of four lines (a quatrain). It has two refrains: The first line and the third line of the first stanza, which are repeated alternately in the last lines of the following stanzas. The last stanza ends with both lines of the refrain being repeated.
There's also rhyme, but no set meter.

The pattern is as follows:
    Refrain 1 (A1)
    Line 2 (b)
    Refrain 2 (A2)

    Line 4 (a)
    Line 5 (b)
    Refrain 1 (A1)

    Line 7 (a)
    Line 8 (b)
    Refrain 2 (A2)

    Line 10 (a)
    Line 11 (b)
    Refrain 1 (A1)

    Line 13 (a)
    Line 14 (b)
    Refrain 2 (A2)

    Line 16 (a)
    Line 17 (b)
    Refrain 1 (A1)
    Refrain 2 (A2)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villanelle#form
https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/text/villanelle-poetic-form

If this sounds difficult, yes it is. At least moderately so. I think I binned at least twenty horrid villanelles before I wrote my first acceptable one.

BUT: Do not despair!
In my winning villanelle (which you may find in this thread http://mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=63211.0) , I broke bended the rules a little and I will allow you to do the same. You may forget about the rhyme. And a slight alteration to the refrain is also acceptable.

In short:
Write a Villanelle "Free Style"

Because of the difficulty of the challenge and the upcoming holidays, I'm giving you a generous two weeks to write your villanelle.

Deadline: January 6 at noon, Central European Time (GMT+1)

Send your entries to me by PM before that time, and you're in.
Title: Re: Poetry Challenge # 152: Villanelle
Post by: Vienna on December 23, 2017, 10:16:48 AM
Ill wait until the next challenge.
Title: Re: Poetry Challenge # 152: Villanelle
Post by: Dansinger on December 23, 2017, 10:47:33 AM
Pity. You're not scared, are you?  ;D
Title: Re: Poetry Challenge # 152: Villanelle
Post by: Vienna on December 23, 2017, 11:08:51 AM
No not scared. Just dont like having to write a certain way, this formal stuff doesnt interest me. Thats all.
Title: Re: Poetry Challenge # 152: Villanelle
Post by: Dansinger on December 23, 2017, 11:12:10 AM
Fair enough.
Title: Re: Poetry Challenge # 152: Villanelle
Post by: SharonLeigh on December 23, 2017, 12:11:19 PM
Oh dear, that does sound challenging! *cracks knuckles
It's been so long since I've attempted a form! Well we'll see if I've got what it takes I guess  ;D

Thanks, Dan :)

S
Title: Re: Poetry Challenge # 152: Villanelle
Post by: Dansinger on December 23, 2017, 01:47:31 PM
Looking forward to your entry, Sharon.
Title: Re: Poetry Challenge # 152: Villanelle
Post by: Mark T on December 23, 2017, 05:34:03 PM

Villanelles done properly. Ho-hum.   

http://mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=53427.0

Title: Re: Poetry Challenge # 152: Villanelle
Post by: Dansinger on December 23, 2017, 06:14:34 PM
Thank you Mark. That thread 's got loads of good advice on writing a villanelle.

Villanelles done properly. Ho-hum.   

http://mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=53427.0
Title: Re: Poetry Challenge # 152: Villanelle
Post by: Dansinger on December 24, 2017, 05:02:11 AM
First entry is IN!

Title: Re: Sticky: Poetry Challenge # 152: Villanelle
Post by: kateD on December 24, 2017, 09:50:27 AM
Does it have to be written for this challenge? Or can it be a previously penned one? Of course, since mine have been posted here, some folks would know whose it is.  :(
Title: Re: Sticky: Poetry Challenge # 152: Villanelle
Post by: Dansinger on December 24, 2017, 10:04:01 AM
Of course, since mine have been posted here, some folks would know whose it is.  :(

There's your answer.
Title: Re: Sticky: Poetry Challenge # 152: Villanelle
Post by: Dansinger on December 27, 2017, 06:37:34 AM
Second entry is in!

Now come on all ye poets. Let's see what you are made of.
Title: Re: Sticky: Poetry Challenge # 152: Villanelle
Post by: SharonLeigh on December 27, 2017, 10:02:18 AM
I'm sorry Dan, just had word today of a family emergency,  family member not doing well at all, I'll likely have to be off for an indeterminate time... I'm sorry I will not be able to participate after all, very glad you've had some entries already.

Take care,
Sharon
Title: Re: Sticky: Poetry Challenge # 152: Villanelle
Post by: Dansinger on December 27, 2017, 10:12:14 AM
Sorry to hear that Sharon. Take care.
Title: Re: Sticky: Poetry Challenge # 152: Villanelle
Post by: Dansinger on December 30, 2017, 05:00:32 AM
So.

Seeing that this forum has gone to the dogs and the only two members who sent me their entries have now also joined the new spam-free forum, I think it would be best to just move this challenge over to our new home.

I'll set things up there shortly and provide a direct link to the challenge thread.

Meanwhile, why don't you all join our new place, as Gyppo already suggested too?
https://bestwritingforum.com/index.php
Title: Re: Sticky: Poetry Challenge # 152: Villanelle
Post by: Dansinger on December 30, 2017, 05:10:00 AM
OK, the challenge is now up and running at the new place.
Please join us over there.

https://bestwritingforum.com/index.php/topic,81.0.html