Guzzanelle

This is a modern form created by mixing a Ghazal with a Villanelle.

Form Type: Syllabic
Origins: American
Creator: Thomas Rodes
Number of Lines: 22
Rhyme Scheme: A1+r,b,A2+r – a+r,b,A1+r – a+r,b,A2+r – a+r,b,A1+r – a+r,b,A2+r – a+r,b,A1+r,A2+r
Meter: Undefined

Rules

1. The form is created from 6 triplets and a quatrain.
2. Line one is repeated as lines 6, 12, 18, 21.
3. Line three is repeated as lines 9, 15, 22.
4. The ‘a’ rhyming lines all have the same refrain following after the rhyme.
5. Each stanza may enjamb within itself but must be a complete unit in itself, there is no enjambing across stanzas.
6. Each stanza should be free standing they don’t need other sense to be a complete meaning unit. There doesn’t need to be a linkage between stanzas.

Example Poem

Real Help Possible      (Guzzanelle)

Have humankind become concerned too late.
Are legates from the stars our only hope?
Have our sentient cousins returned too late.

If violence wins, then we have earned our fate?
Have we played out our ecologic rope?
Have humankind become concerned too late.

The recondite crop marks unlearned folks hate
are verified as messages of hope.
Have our sentient cousins returned too late.

Symbolic mathematics discerned of late
that human’s self-hate carved a slippery slope.
Have humankind become concerned too late.

Some hate the Toran and some spurn the Pope.
In all fields of dogma, men only grope.
Have our sentient cousins returned too late.

We may leave fossil fuels unburned yet sate
our needs expanding in desire and scope.
Have humankind become concerned too late.

A profusion of wealth unturned awaits;
What man knows now is subpar, but we’ll cope.
Have humankind become concerned too late.
Have our sentient cousins returned too late.

© Lawrencealot – February 15, 2013

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