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Poetry: July 29, 2020 Issue [#10298]

 This week: Poetry By Numbers 2.0 - Part Five
  Edited by: RedWritingHood♡WDC
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"There is not a particle of life which does not bear poetry within it."

Gustave Flaubert

"A good poem creates a world that somehow touches the reader. That world is built of images that come to the reader through vivid sense details and the music of vivacious language."

Paul Janeczko

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Poetry the By Numbers 2.0 - Part Five: 11’s, and 12’s and Up!

Counting is important in poetry; from counting syllables and metrical feet, to counting lines and stanzas in order to follow certain forms. Today we will go over the vocabulary that accompanies some of these tasks, as well as a couple poetry forms for you to try.

Poetry By 11’s

Chant royal stanza (eleven lines), hendecasyllable (eleven syllable line) and roundel (eleven-line form) are some eleven line examples. Today I'll share the roundel.


Very similar to the rondel (2 stanza, 12-line poem).


--11 lines

--3 stanzas

--Rhyme: abaB bab abaB (B = beginning phrase of first line which is repeated and also will become your “b” rhyme sound). Traditionally this repeated phrase is pretty short.

COULD HAVES or What's The Poet's Choice In All This?


--Any subject matter


Poetry By 12’s

Poetry by twelves examples are the dodecasyllable (12 syllable line), rondine and rondel (both twelve line poems). Today I'll share the rondine.


The rondine, a French poem, also utilizes a repeated phrase.


--12 lines

--2 stanzas

--Must rhyme using: abbaabC aabbaC (C = the repeated phrase from the beginning part of the first line)

COULD HAVES or What's The Poet's Choice In All This?

--Any theme

--Any subject matter

--Any meter

Poetry Beyond 12’s

Some examples of poetry beyond twelves are the fourteener (a 14 syllable line), many of the sonnet forms (Italian, Spenserian, etc. - fourteen lines), terzanelle (nineteen-line form), roundelay (twenty-four lines), English ode (thirty-line form), and the chant royal (sixty lines). Last time I shared the sonnet poetry form and this time I'll share the roundelay.



--24 lines

--4 stanzas, 6 lines each

--Rhyme and repeat in the following format:

stanza 1:


stanza 2:

repeat of stanza 1, line 3
repeat of stanza 1, line 4
repeat of stanza 1, line 5
repeat of stanza 1, line 6

stanza 3:

repeat of stanza 2, line 3
repeat of stanza 2, line 4
repeat of stanza 1, line 5
repeat of stanza 1, line 6

stanza 4:

repeat of stanza 3, line 3
repeat of stanza 3, line 4
repeat of stanza 1, line 5
repeat of stanza 1, line 6

From the examples I've seen, like the pantoum, a slight alteration of the repeated lines is allowed.

COULD HAVES or What's The Poet's Choice In All This?



Source Notes:

Drury, John. the po.e.try dic.tion.ar.y. 2nd edition. Cincinnati: Writer's Digest Books, 2006. Print.

The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. Edited by Ales Preminger and T. V. F. Brogan. 1993.

Turco, Lewis. The Book of Forms. 3rd. Lebanon, NH: University Press of New England, 2000.

Williams, Miller (1986). Patterns of Poetry: An Encyclopedia of Forms. Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Louisiana State University Press, 1986.

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Editor's Picks

Theme: Rondine, roundel, and roundelay

The Future Foretold  [E]
We sit silently by as our birthright is sold. (Form: Roundel) A Traditional Poetry Entry
by 🌓 HuntersMoon

 The Song of Autumn  [E]
A Rondine about autumn
by SL Davis

A Roundelay poem about a woman who falls for a man but the relationship suddenly changes.
by Itchy Water~fictionandverse

 In Heaven  [E]
This is my first attempt at a roundel form of poetry It is an assignment for Poets Place.
by Lisa Noe Kittyluv um Puppyluv

Ill Winds  [E]
Storms; Form: Roundel
by ShelleyA~11 years at WDC

 Those He Saves  [E]
A roundel about sanctification
by Chris Breva Congrats Quills!

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