Arts Literature Poetry Forms Fixed Verse Forms Rondeau, Rondel, and Rondelet
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Related French lyric forms of the late Middle Ages. The rondeau consists of three stanzas: five lines, four lines, and six lines. The second and third stanzas end with a refrain taken from the beginning of the first line of the poem. The rhyme scheme is: aabba aabR aabbaR, with "R" standing for the refrain. In the rondel the first two lines of the first stanza are repeated as the last two lines of the second and third stanza. The rhyme scheme is: abba abab abbaab. The rondelet consists of one seven-line stanza, in which a short first line is repeated as the third and seventh line of the poem. The rhyme scheme is: abaabba.
Poetic Form: Rondeau
An explanation of the form, with the "Flanders Fields" example and a link to "Rondel" by Frank O'Hara, from the Academy of American Poets.
Rondeau
Description and examples from a course taught by Alberto Rios.
Rondeau
A description of the form with examples by Suzanne Honour.
Rondeau
By Leigh Hunt. A seven-line poem that does not quite fit the usual definition of a rondelet.
Rondeau
A history of the rondeau with many famous examples of the form. Includes instruction on how to write a rondeau.
Rondel
By Jean Froissart. Translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. A foreshortened version of the form.
Rondelet
A description of the form with examples by Suzanne Honour.
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