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ROUNDEL - A new contest and my last one on PS - Poetry Contest


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Suzette Richards

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ROUNDEL - A new contest and my last one on PS

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5/11/2013 12:00:00 AM

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1 original, poem on the theme of *PARADISE LOST, by John Milton
ONLY ROUNDEL form is acceptable. Please post your poem under VERSE

*Assistance regarding poem:

5 April was the birthday of Algernon Charles Swinburne, born in 1837. He was an English poet, playwright, novelist, and critic. He invented the roundel form, wrote several novels, and contributed to the famous Eleventh Edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in every year from 1903 to 1907 and again in 1909. He died on 10 April 1909.

A roundel (not to be confused with the rondel) is a form of verse used in English language poetry devised by Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837–1909). It is a variation of the French rondeau form. It makes use of refrains, repeated according to a certain stylized pattern. A roundel consists of nine lines each having the same number of syllables, plus a refrain after the third line and after the last line. The refrain must be identical with the beginning of the first line: it may be a half-line, and rhymes with the second line. It has three stanzas and its rhyme scheme is as follows: A B A R ; B A B ; A B A R ; where R is the refrain.

Swinburne had published a book A Century of Roundels. You may find some examples of his poems here on PoetrySoup as well as at

Example: Please see my "The Tree of Knowledge"
Swinburne’s first roundel was called "The roundel":

A roundel is wrought as a ring or a star bright sphere, (A)
With craft of delight and with cunning of sound unsought, (B)
That the heart of the hearer may smile if to pleasure his ear (A)
A roundel is wrought. (R)

Its jewel of music is carven of all or of aught - (B)
Love, laughter, or mourning - remembrance of rapture or fear - (A)
That fancy may fashion to hang in the ear of thought. (B)

As a bird's quick song runs round, and the hearts in us hear (A)
Pause answer to pause, and again the same strain caught, (B)
So moves the device whence, round as a pearl or tear, (A)
A roundel is wrought. (R)


First Prize, Glory 

1st place winner(s): PDF file copy of my book, DANCE OF THE WORDS - A Guide to Various Poetry Forms: Value $10.00

Second Prize, Glory
Third Prize, Glory

4th - 10th PLUS Honorable Mentions (if applicable)

The usual T & C apply