A Rondelet. You Blind Me.

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You do blind me
With syllables and comely rhymes
You do blind me
With clever tempo and smart verse
You’ve challenged me so many times
I join in with Rondelet chimes
You do blind me.

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The above is a Rondelet .

Ronovan says.

 – How To Write a Rondelet—See below.


This is a poetry form of French origin using a syllable pattern, rhyme pattern, and refrains.

Sounds complicated and confusing? Nope.

It’s kind of like combining the Shi Rensa Haiku with the Décima.

How did that coincidentally happen on my blog of all blogs?

Honestly, I have no idea, because it was not intentional.

So how do you write one? I’ll put the quick version here and maybe have a full post later.

And no, this will not be a new poetry challenge.

TIP: Once you got it, stop reading. I will probably confuse you if you read too much. I have a bad happen of going overboard when I first explain a new poetry form, or anything else new.

There are seven lines.

One line appears three times. In lines 1, 3, and 7. Keep that in mind, because those lines need to make sense throughout the poem. It’s easier than you think. These are what are called refrains (repeats).

RHYME PATTERN:AbAabbA

SYLLABLE PATTERN: 4/8/4/8/8/8/4

Line 1: A—four syllables                A rhyme
Line 2: b—eight syllables               B rhyme
Line 3: A—repeat of line one         A rhyme
Line 4: a—eight syllables                A rhyme (I know it’s a small a, but it’s still an a.)
Line 5: b—eight syllables                B rhyme
Line 6: b—eight syllables                 B rhyme
Line 7: A—repeat of line one           A rhyme

TIP: Of course write line A first, but then go ahead and put it down two more times. space them out. Put a space between lines 1 and 3. Then skip three lines between 3 and 7. Sounds weird, but it helps. You practically have half the poem done with one line.

21 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ritu
    Aug 06, 2020 @ 12:34:13

    You got that form brilliantly sis!

    Reply

  2. Nima Mohan
    Aug 06, 2020 @ 13:30:11

    That is great !! 🙂

    Reply

  3. Frank Hubeny
    Aug 06, 2020 @ 14:02:26

    That does seem like a complicated pattern that Ronovan describes. I feel blinded by the constraints as well, but the challenge may be worth it.

    Reply

  4. Maggie
    Aug 06, 2020 @ 14:55:41

    Cleverly done, Willow!

    Reply

  5. Raven
    Aug 06, 2020 @ 18:43:26

    Nicely penned Rondelet, Willow, might have to get you penning a sonnet – sniggers and runs of your page

    Reply

  6. Ronovan
    Aug 06, 2020 @ 19:54:14

    Part of what I’ve wanted to do is introduce new forms, at least once per month if not per week, on Fridays. It takes a lot of work, but I’ll get there. And nice first shot across the bow with your RONdelet. You would think I named this one too.

    Reply

  7. judeitakali
    Aug 08, 2020 @ 03:41:18

    Thanks for sharing this Willow. I like it and I love your take, it’s beautifully composed

    Reply

  8. lucillebonne
    Aug 25, 2020 @ 19:42:59

    Thanks for sharing! Love it

    Reply

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