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Invented Forms

The Villonnet is another hybrid form created by D. Allen Jenkins and found at Shadow Poetry . This is a recent invented form which is designed to be a cross between a Villanelle and Sonnet
The elements of the Villonnet are:

  1. a poem in 15 lines, made up of 3 quatrains followed by a tercet.
  2. metric, iambic pentameter.
  3. rhymed, either keeping the 2 rhymes of the Villanelle or eliminating the second rhyme of the Villanelle and rhyming only the anterior lines of the stanzas. A¹bbA² abbA¹ abbA² A¹bA² or A¹xxA² axxA¹ axxA² A¹xA² x being unrhymed or you could go off the reservation and A¹bbA² accA¹ addA² A¹bA²
  4. L1 is repeated as L8 andL13 and L4 is repeated as L12 and L15.

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