No slackers here for Day 5 of Na/GloPoWriMo. Here are the goals:
“(1) the villanelle form, (2) lines taken from an outside text, and/or (3) phrases that oppose each other in some way. If you can use two elements, great – and if you can do all three, wow!”
No trifle here.. so first question then. What is the Villanelle form?
“The villanelle has 19 lines, split into 5 tercets (three-line stanzas) and 1 quatrain (a stanza of 4 lines). There are two repeating rhymes and two “refrains,” or repeated lines.
- The 1st and 3rd lines alternate as the last lines of stanzas 2, 3, and 4. The last stanza uses the 1st and 3rd lines as a rhymed couplet. If we use capitals for the refrains and lowercase letters for the rhymes, the form could be expressed as: A1 b A2 / a b A1 / a b A2 / a b A1 / a b A2 / a b A1 A2.
- There is no set meter in a villanelle but there is a set rhyme scheme. There is no fixed number of syllables for each line in a villanelle.
- The villanelle is broken into three parts: the introduction, the development, and the conclusion. Most villanelles build up intensity and tone until they reach the conclusion.”
Of Love and Fear by Michael Romani There in the stillness is our choice Between things of love and fear We choose the limits of our voice To be anxious or to freely rejoice Anxiety laden or to find calmness in love There in the stillness is our choice Some say that it's a Hobson's Choice Exploring all that life might give We choose the limits of our voice We find we become what becomes our patois Finding and refining ourselves by voice There in the stillness is our choice Confidence becomes our method of choice It's a matter of utmost priority We choose the limits of our voice Stripping away, stepping away, we devoice Deciding that with love we best rejoice There in the stillness is our choice We choose the limits of our voice (c) April 5, 2019 Michael Romani All Rights Reserved