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Poem: "The Bonecage"
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 21st, 2010 07:21 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

>>Oh, wow, I love this. I dream to slip the cage I can't disown is my favourite line (refrain? Sorry, I don't know the technical term).<<

I'm glad you enjoyed this! Yes, a refrain is a repeated line in poetry. I am very fond of repeating/interlocking forms. Villanelle is a favorite.

>>I like the rhythm of this poem: it has a consistent 'beat', if that makes sense.<<

I often use a strong, regular rhythm in my poetry. Most of my rhymed poetry also has a consistent meter like this. Sometimes with a villanelle I like to use one-syllable rhyme for the A or B lines, and two-syllable rhyme for whichever of those is left.

>>*runs off to read about villanelles*
I am going to write one of these as soon as I can; it'd make a nice change from my usual freeverse.<<

*chuckle* Careful, I may get you hooked on forms!

The trick to writing a good villanelle is to start off with two strong lines that you want to repeat as main ideas. Those are like your hands in a cat's cradle string game -- the rest of the poem will almost weave itself between them.

Some good resources for villanelles:
http://www.writing-world.com/poetry/villanelle.shtml
http://www.baymoon.com/~ariadne/form/villanelle.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villanelle
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/archive/tool.poem.glossary.1.html?id=29
natf From: natf Date: September 15th, 2010 01:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

*clicks links* ;-p
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