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Rime Couée

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Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry

French Poetry

 

Rime Couée is a tail-rhymed verse form of 12th century Provencal troubadours. Though it originated in France, it is thought to be the predecessor of the more popular Scot form, the Burns Stanza.

 

The Rime Couée is:

  • stanzaic, written in any number of sixains made up of two tercets.
  • accentual, folk meter of normal speech. L1,L2, L4, L5 are longer lines of a similar length, L3 and L6 are shorter lines of the same length.
  • rhymed, rhyme scheme aabccb, ddeffe etc.

     

    Press Conference by Judi Van Gorder

     

    Reluctant words stuttered through thin lips,

    halting syllables prepared to eclipse,

    diverting the blame.

    A simple "I'm sorry", would have sufficed,

    For him those words are too high priced,

    skirting the shame.

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