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An accurately written Iambic Pentameter Villanelle.

Written by:

(a poem written by Giorgio Venetopoulos)

Broken Lines

Across plain surfaces your fruit opines!   A1
Describes your artistry and sightly write   b
the art of poetry: The broken lines!   A2

Unleash your fantasy on page-designs   a
(arrhythmic doggerel attacks that bite),   b
across plain surfaces your fruit opines!   A1

Miraculous your literature aligns   a
ambitious text in rounded form but trite,   b
the art of poetry: The broken lines!   A2

The heavens open and the void enshrines   a
the structured verse, while cumulus contrite,   b
across plain surfaces your fruit opines!   A1

The fancy fonts' array, rotund, entwines   a
while fresh cerebral onion rings recite   b
the art of poetry: The broken lines!   A2

The fruity shaped artistic form resigns,   a
your freedom of poetic thought and sprite   b
across plain surfaces your fruit opines   A1
the art of poetry: The broken lines!   A2

© G. Venetopoulos, 01-02-2014, All Rights Reserved
(Iambic Pentameter Villanelle)
( A1 b A2 / a b A1 / a b A2 / a b A1 / a b A2 / a b A1 A2. )


REFERENCES:

The Villanelle follows Iambic meter proof 1:
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http://www.writing-world.com/poetry/villanelle.shtml

Notice, too, that in this form poets can choose longer or shorter lines. Robinson's poem has three beats to a line, while Ball's has the more traditional five (ta-DUM, ta-DUM, ta-DUM, ta-DUM, ta-DUM).

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The Villanelle follows Iambic meter proof 2:
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http://members.optushome.com.au/kazoom/poetry/villanelle.html

VILLANELLE

The villanelle has 19 lines, 5 stanzas of three lines and 1 stanza of four lines with two rhymes and two refrains. The 1st, then the 3rd lines alternate as the last lines of stanzas 2,3,and 4, and then stanza 5 (the end) as a couplet. It is usually written in tetrameter (4 feet) or pentameter.The structure is:
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French Villanelle
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http://www.public.asu.edu/~aarios/formsofverse/reports2000/page8.html

This French syllabic form has no set number of syllables per line; common choices seem to be between eight and eleven.
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My small analysis concerning the above three references:

The French Villanelles are closer to a naturally flowing Iambic rhythm because ALL of the French words receive their tone on the ultimate syllable (stressed).

On the other hand, the English Villanelle must follow Iambic meter, otherwise the verse won't flow and it will appear arrhythmic in lyrics (Villanelles are supposed to be sung. The "Villanelle" term refers to a rustic song or dance. Therefore the meter is mostly recommended) :

(( The word villanelle derives from the Italian villanella, referring to a rustic song or dance,....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villanelle

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The above analysis and references prove that the English Villanelle is supposed to follow Iambic meter.


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