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Rimas Dissolutas

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French Verse

The Rimas Dissolutas is a French troubadouric verse (12th-13th centuries) in which unrhymed stanzas rhyme line by line with all of the other stanzas. This was a departure from the strict rhyme schemes of the day. The rhyme is there but it is more subtle.

The elements of the Rimas Dissolutas are:

  1. stanzaic, written in any # of uniform length stanzas, all quatrains or all tercets or all sixains etc.
  2. in keeping with most old French forms the verse is syllabic. One site suggests it is isosyllabic meaning all lines have the same number syllables, number of syllables at the discretion of the poet.
  3. unrhymed lines within the stanza.
  4. rhymed lines between stanzas.
  5. sometimes written with an envoi which would be half the number of lines of the stanzas using the rhyme of the later lines of the stanzas.

    If the poem was written in sixains the rhyme would look like this:

    Stanza 1                             

    x x x x x a
    x x x x x b
    x x x x x c
    x x x x x d
    x x x x x e

    Add'l Stanzas                     

    x x x x x a
    x x x x x b
    x x x x x c
    x x x x x d
    x x x x x e

    Envoi...

    x x x x x c
    x x x x x d
    x x x x x e

  • Phyquain is an invented form created by John Madison Shaw Sr. that appears to be a Rimas Dissolutas with a few restrictions.

    The Phyquain is a Rimas Dissolutas with the following restrictions:

    1. stanzas limited to 4 lines each (quatrains)
    2. a verse form requiring 20 lines or 5 quatrains.
    3. included letter restrictions, which doesn't make a lot of sense to me. No "a" in L1 of each quatrain, no "b" in L2 of each quatrain, no "c" in L3 of each quatrain and no "d" in L4 of each quatrain.

~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

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