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Rondeau Redouble Definition

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Definition of: Rondeau Redouble

Poetry Definition

The rondeau redouble is the French translation of a double rondeau. Consisting of 25 lines, it features a four-line refrain which forms the first quatrain. These four lines are then used successively as the last lines of the following four quatrains. The sixth and final stanza is a quintrain which contains no repetition of previous lines; it does, however, include a 'tail' which is the beginning clause or phrase from line one. The same two rhymes are used throughout and the rhyming scheme is as follows: Stanza One A1B1A2B2 Stanza Two abbA1 Stanza Three abaB1 Stanza Four babA2 Stanza Five abaB2 Stanza Six abab tail from line one

Example

Rondeau Redoublé (and Scarcely Worth the Trouble, at That)

by Dorothy Parker

The same to me are sombre days and gay.
      Though joyous dawns the rosy morn, and bright,
Because my dearest love is gone away
      Within my heart is melancholy night.

My heart beats low in loneliness, despite
      That riotous Summer holds the earth in sway.
In cerements my spirit is bedight;
      The same to me are sombre days and gay.

Though breezes in the rippling grasses play,
      And waves dash high and far in glorious might,
I thrill no longer to the sparkling day,
      Though joyous dawns the rosy morn, and bright.

Ungraceful seems to me the swallow's flight;
      As well might Heaven's blue be sullen gray;
My soul discerns no beauty in their sight
      Because my dearest love is gone away.

Let roses fling afar their crimson spray,
      And virgin daisies splash the fields with white,
Let bloom the poppy hotly as it may,
      Within my heart is melancholy night.

And this, oh love, my pitiable plight
      Whenever from my circling arms you stray;
This little world of mine has lost its light ...
      I hope to God, my dear, that you can say
                                       The same to me.

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