Theme Villanelles! This Should Work!

Try your hand at the 19-line form built on just two rhymes, the form in which lines 1 and 3 are repeated at intervals until they form the closing couplet of the poem. See Dylan Thomas's "Do Not Go Gentle," Elizabeth Bishop's "One Art," and Theodore Roethke's "The Waking" for famous examples of villanelles.



Thomas DeFreitas

48 years old from

This poem makes no pretensions to even intermediate quality. It's just something I dashed off to see if I could write a villanelle "on demand," as it were!




Villanelle at 1 a.m.: A Challenge

As Frampton sang, baby, I love your ways.

I love your brash jokes and your wicked smile:

you make my heart melt; you gladden my days.

 

The Stopped Clock jukebox relentlessly plays

classic rock ballads, and the beer tastes vile:

but I come here because I love your ways.

 

As you bring booze to the habitués

(each day behind the bar you walk a mile),

you make my heart melt, you gladden my days.

 

With one hand, you can balance barroom trays

laden with dozens of drinks. Yes, you've got style!

As Frampton sang, baby, I love your ways.

 

Your face entices and your eyes amaze,

and when you dance to Patsy, you beguile!

You make my heart melt, you gladden my days.

 

Before your feet, I strew petals of praise:

you outshine any empress of the Nile!

As Frampton sang, baby, I love your ways:

you make my heart melt; you gladden my days.





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Written 2017-10-31 06:21

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-ibm The PoetBay support member heart!
Oh, I'm terrible at form poetry. But I'm feeling like I want to try. Can't promise anything, I'll try anyway :) I like yours - thanks.
2017-11-06


ken d williams The PoetBay support member heart!
Bravo! I like, nay, prefer to type '' off the cuff '', poetry. Just how it comes in the mind. I gather Walt witman, change from poetrey, to prose, and back, to and through. Efotlesly. A readr said of my work, that in reading my work, is reminded of Walt Witman. So he set poetry free. Write as the it comes to you, rinvent poetry, as you will it! NOT as dicktaited to write!
Ken
2017-10-31

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