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Write a Villanelle


Write a Villanelle
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 9 to 12
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.12

     challenging words:    repetitious, rhymes-the, villainy, villanelles, quatrain, fancy-play, villanelle, lowercase, template, pentameter, apiece, refrain, stanza, sunken, couplet, scheme
     content words:    Hill By Edwin Arlington Robinson

Write a Villanelle
By Brenda B. Covert

1     A villanelle is formal. A villanelle is strict. You may think that it is villainy to be forced to write a villanelle. You may have never heard of a villanelle before! This form of poetry evolved in the late 1800s in appreciation of a French poem written during the Renaissance.
2     A villanelle is a nineteen-line poem. It includes repeated lines and a strict rhyme scheme. There are only two rhymes represented in the entire poem. There are six stanzas in a villanelle. The first five stanzas have three lines apiece. The final stanza is a quatrain of four lines.
3     Here is an example of a villanelle:
4     "The House on the Hill"
5     By Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935)

6     They are all gone away,
7     The House is shut and still,
8     There is nothing more to say.

9     Through broken walls and gray
10     The wind blows bleak and shrill:
11     They are all gone away.

12     Nor is there one today,
13     To speak them good or ill:

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