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Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry French Verse The Ballade Royal appears to be a variation of the Rhyme Royal, employing the same stanzaic form but with the last line of the first stanza repeated as a refrain in subsequent stanzas. It is a departure from the Ballade family of forms since it employs 7 line stanzas rather than octaves and in place of the standard shorter ballade envoy, the Ballade Royal employs a concluding stanza maintaining, the structure, meter, rhyme and refrain of the preceding stanzas. The elements of the Ballade Royal are: lyrical poetry that is flexible