Rondeau, Rondel, and Rondelet Fixed Verse Forms Forms Poetry


Related French lyric forms of the late Middle Ages. The rondeau consists of three stanzas: five lines, four lines, and six lines. The second and third stanzas end with a refrain taken from the beginning of the first line of the poem. The rhyme scheme is: aabba aabR aabbaR, with "R" standing for the refrain. In the rondel the first two lines of the first stanza are repeated as the last two lines of the second and third stanza. The rhyme scheme is: abba abab abbaab. The rondelet consists of one seven-line stanza, in which a short first line is repeated as the third and seventh line of the poem. The rhyme scheme is: abaabba.








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  • Poetic Form: Rondeau - An explanation of the form, with the "Flanders rondeau, rondel, and fixed verse forms rondelet Fields" example and a link to "Rondel" by rondeau, rondel, fixed verse forms and rondelet Frank O'Hara, from the Academy of American Poets.
  • Rondel - By Jean Froissart. Translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. fixed verse forms rondeau, rondel, and rondelet A foreshortened version of the form.
  • Rondelet - A description of the form with examples by Suzanne Honour.
  • Rondeau - By Leigh Hunt. A seven-line poem that does not quite fit the usual definition of a rondelet.
  • Rondeau Redoubl√© (and Scarcely Worth the Trouble, at That) - By Dorothy Parker.
  • Educating Carol - A rondeau by Liz Fairley.


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