Denise R. Weuve

Ink Damage and Other Permanent Stains

Day 12 ~ Saturday = Weekend = Form

Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 8.48.21 PMLet’s start with something easy. Think back to childhood. Write a 10 syllable line about your first childhood memory. I’ll wait. . . . .

Great! That was pretty easy, wasn’t it. Now Write a 10 syllable line about how you felt about this memory. . .and rhyme it.

And just like that, you have 8 of the 19 lines needed for a Villanelle.


Today is the VILLANELLE . Yes I know they seem daunting



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. (don’t do that to yourself, leave the meter out. . .I do)

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Here is a fabulous example of the villanelle, but Camille Cooley.

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