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Poetry Challenge #1: Villanelle "Free Style"
« on: December 30, 2017, 10:07:08 AM »
Imported from the other place, our current poetry challenge, which I shall now call Poetry Challenge #1
Same rules apply. Send your entry to me by PM. Winner gets bragging rights and hosts the next challenge.
Let's see what you're made of!

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"

    5 tercets, followed by one quatrain
    repeat the first line in the last lines of the second and fourth tercet
    repeat the third line in the last lines of the third and fifth tercet
    repeat the first line in the third line of the quatrain
    repeat the third line in the last line of the quatrain
    no need to rhyme


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.
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Re: Poetry Challenge #1: Villanelle "Free Style"
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2017, 10:08:52 AM »
From the other place, with thanks to Mark T:

Villanelles done properly. Ho-hum.   

http://mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=53427.0
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Re: Poetry Challenge #1: Villanelle "Free Style"
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2017, 10:18:38 AM »
Two entries are already in.

They were sent to me at the other place. You know who you are. No need to send them again. I've got them on my hard drive.
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Re: Sticky: Poetry Challenge #1: Villanelle "Free Style"
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2017, 02:44:15 AM »
 :-* :-*

Thanks Dan
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Re: Sticky: Poetry Challenge #1: Villanelle "Free Style"
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2017, 08:17:56 AM »
No thanks needed. Just happy to be here and get things going.

And thank you, for stickying the topic.  :-*
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Re: Sticky: Poetry Challenge #1: Villanelle "Free Style"
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2017, 06:26:38 PM »
Third entry is in!
Keep them coming.
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Re: Sticky: Poetry Challenge #1: Villanelle "Free Style"
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2018, 09:56:21 PM »
Four entries!

And there's still time.
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Re: Sticky: Poetry Challenge #1: Villanelle "Free Style"
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2018, 05:54:14 PM »
That looks like too much hard work  8)

If I had the time though, it would be a good thing to try :-)


Back to my 250 words a day...

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Re: Sticky: Poetry Challenge #1: Villanelle "Free Style"
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2018, 06:43:39 PM »
But Carrie, you could write it and it'd count towards your 250 words. How's that, eh?

Besides, it's FUN to do.
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