The Story So Far
1. Foot, Metrics, Prosody and Scansion
1.1 General Overview
2. Verse Forms
2.4 English Sonnet
Only a short one today.
The rondelet (also written roundelay) is a Western Medieval lyric form, French in origin and practice and a diminutive version of a rondel. It is short, consisting of one stanza, made up of seven lines. It contains a refrain (as in the pantoum, a change in punctuation is permissible), a strict rhyme scheme and a distinct meter pattern. The structure is as follows:
Line 1 : A – four syllables
Line 2 : b – eight syllables
Line 3 : A – repeat of line one
Line 4 : a – eight syllables
Line 5 : b – eight syllables
Line 6 : b – eight syllables
Line 7 : A – repeat of line one
Let’s give it a go!
God Damn the Light
God damn the light:
Fucking daily, divine refrain.
God damn the light
That permeates London at night;
An amber set around my brain.
Don’t you know I have a migraine?
God damn the light.
Laurence Thompson, 12th December 2011
Easily the worst poem I’ve written over the last few days and the least fun to write, but I still like reading it back. It’s somewhere between Swans and Spike Milligan. I like having curse words in what was originally presumably a nice, sung form of Medieval French poetry.
London was chosen because it fits better than Liverpool. Also, if I was mental enough to have a favourite light pollution, it would be London’s – it has that amber glow better than anywhere else, that somehow looks both unhealthy and healthy at once.
In a more substantial post, we take a look at a truly heavyweight form and a favourite of many a spurned lover: the Italian sonnet!