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The Folía

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Spanish PoetryThe Folía is a nonsensical or a ridiculous poem, originating in 16th century Spain, probably influenced by a Portuguese dance song.


The Folía is:

  • stanzaic, written in any # of quatrains.
  • syllabic, 8 syllables lines or shorter.
  • rhymed, rhyme scheme abab cdcd etc.
  • ridiculous or nonsensical.


    Silly Willy by Judi Van gorder


    In old 16th century Spain

    when poets felt a bit silly

    they'd dance circles round in the rain

    and write rhymed verse willy nilly.

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