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Saraband

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Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry

Spanish PoetryThe Saraband is a stanzaic form; the rhythm of which is an imitation of a dance pattern from the East that was brought to the Spanish court in the 16th century. The form quickly spread to the French and Italian courts, each country adding its stamp in the rhyme scheme. In long poems it is not uncommon to mix Spanish, Italian and/or French septets. This was found at Poet's Garret. There is also a sonnet variation of the Saraband.

 

  • The Saraband is:
    • stanzaic, written in any number of septets, each made up of a tercet followed by a quatrain.
    • originally octasyllabic, but iambic and trochaic pentameter have be used.
    • rhymed, Spanish rhyme aaa bcbc or axa bcbc , French only axa bbcc, Italian aaa bccb or axa bccb. X being unrhymed.

      Italian Saraband by Judi Van Gorder

       

      The courtier extends his toe

      in step with the musical flow

      and to his lady fair bows low.

      The lady feigns in pantomime

      the role of a shy shepherd girl

      then winks and gives her skirts a swirl.

      The chamber strings are quick in time.

  • Saraband Sonnet is:
    • stanzaic, a quatorzain, composed of only 2 septets.
    • octasyllabic or iambic or trochaic tetrameter but an extra foot can be added to use the sonnet classic iambic pentameter meter.
    • rhymed, rhyme scheme axabbcc axabbcc or abacdcd abacdcd or abacddc abacddc or abacdcd abacdcd or in any but the 1st of these scenarios the b or linking rhyme can be x, x being unrhymed.

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