Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Poem: "Still Growing Strong"

This poem came out of the January 24, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired prompts from by daisiesrockalot, [personal profile] alexseanchai, and [personal profile] technoshaman. It has been sponsored by daisiesrockalot.


"Still Growing Strong"
-- a villanova


Even with all of the roads
and crops cut into the land,
wild raspberries still grow.

Out of bounds, they overflow
field and forest and fencerow,
even with all of the roads.

Quiet rivers brim with toads
and, bearing violet loads,
wild raspberries still grow.

Untouched by clippers or hoe,
the thickets spring high and low,
even with all of the roads.

Where meadowlarks sing their odes
by waterfronts and railroads,
wild raspberries still grow.

Still growing strong, though unplanned,
Nature gains the upper hand:
even with all of the roads,
wild raspberries still grow.

* * *

The Villanova Form

The villanova is a repeating-interlocking form inspired by the villanelle. The name comes from nova for "new" and villanelle. It uses three rhymes and two refrains; it has five tercets and a final quatrain, for a total of 19 lines. The refrains come from the first (A) and last (C) lines of the first tercet. Like a villanelle, the quality of a villanova relies primarily on the strength of those two refrains. The second (b) line of the tercet provides the contrasting rhyme, which reappears in the final quatrain. Interim verses end with one of the refrains, and the two preceding lines rhyme with the other refrain, either ccA or aaC. A regular meter is effective but not required. A consistent syllable count but with variable meter can provide variety and interest in the prosody of the poem. However, lines are free to vary in length so long as they follow the rhyme pattern.

A (refrain)
b
C (refrain)

c
c
A (refrain)

a
a
C (refrain)

c
c
A (refrain)

a
a
C (refrain)

b
b
A
C (refrain)


As this form has been sponsored and published, people are free to write villanovas and describe the form in their own words. If you want to reprint my description, it's polite to ask first.

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Raspberries grow wild in many places. They are easy to find and use. We have big rambling patches of them here at Fieldhaven, although attempts to grow domestic raspberries have been iffy. Watch a video about wild raspberries.
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