A rhyme royal poem is a type of poem that is set in iambic pentameter, which is a meter of ten syllables in each line. The poem consists of seven lines and has a rhyming scheme of ababbcc. Rhyme royal poetry was, like heroic couplets, was first used by fourteenth-century poet Geoffrey Chaucer. Rhyme royal poetry are another way to bring an impacting and passionate air to stories of adventure, tragedy, grandeur, and more.
During the fourteenth-Century, all the way to the sixteenth-century, rhyme royal poetry was the favorite form of poetry to all audiences. Interest in rhyme royal poetry fizzled out but still held a strong position when wanting to display dramatic tales. The last significant rhyme royal poem was written by William Shakespeare. Its name was, "Rape of Lucrece" released in 1954.
A type of poetry consisting of seven lines, usually in iambic pentameter. The rhyme scheme is a-b-a-b-b-c-c. In practice, the stanza can be constructed either as a tercet and two couplets (a-b-a, b-b, c-c) or a quatrain and a tercet (a-b-a-b, b-c-c). This allows for a good deal of variety, especially when the form is used for longer narrative poems and along with the couplet, it was the standard narrative metre in the late Middle Ages.
[n] a stanza form having seven lines of iambic pentameter; introduced by Chaucer
Here is the opening stanza of Troilus and Criseyde:
- The double sorwe of Troilus to tellen,
- That was the king Priamus sone of Troye,
- In lovinge, how his aventures fellen
- Fro wo to wele, and after out of Ioye,
- My purpos is, er that I parte fro ye,
- Thesiphone, thou help me for tendyte
- Thise woful vers, that wepen as I wryt
and this is the first stanza of the Wyatt poem:
- They flee from me that sometime did me seek
- With naked foot, stalking in my chamber.
- I have seen them gentle, tame, and meek,
- That now are wild and do not remember
- That sometime they put themself in danger
- To take bread at my hand; and now they range,
- Busily seeking with a continual change.