Double Refrain Chant Royal

Double Refrain Chant Royal

Type:

Structure, Metrical Requirement, Repetitive Requirement, Rhyme Scheme Requirement, Isosyllabic

Description:

This is another one I made up. But I ask you, why shouldn’t I? This is a Chant Royal with an extra refrain. To accommodate the extra refrain without messing up the Chanso requirements, I changed the rhyme scheme a mite. It just seemed to need doing.

Attributed to:

“The Dread Poet Roberts”

Origin:

American

Schematic:

ababcCcdedE
ababcCcdedE
ababcCcdedE
ababcCcdedE
ababcCcdedE
CdedE

Where C and E are the two refrains.

Rhythm/Stanza Length:

11

Line/Poem Length:

60

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My example

 Ludwig II

Ludwig II – The Fairy Tale King

Of all the kings that I have ever known,

it’s thee that I would swear allegiance to.

Much of your youth you had to spend alone,

a real child prince with a child prince’s view.

If you be mad, dear prince, let all kings be.

Lasting beauty rose from your youth’s fantasy.

Announced by some as “The Fairy Tale King”,

(A minister looked down his nose and sniffed.)

For history, you did a wondrous thing.

Medieval memories – a worthwhile gift.

 

Ascended at age eighteen to the throne

Within two years his kingdom days were through

when Prussia claimed Bavaria for its own.

Bavaria was merged without much ado.

If you be mad, dear prince, let all kings be.

You touted theater, the arts, and poetry

which seems to have a proper kingly zing.

You gave the European arts a lift.

You gave chivalry back its song to sing.

Medieval memories – a worthwhile gift.

 

The seeds of Wagner’s operas were sown

in your young heart, and there they always grew.

His move into your castle was renown,

His reputation spread because of you.

If you be mad, dear prince, let all kings be.

You sent envoys around the world to see

designs chosen to give your castles zing.

Through all the projects you yourself would sift;

your love of legend touched most everything.

Medieval memories – a worthwhile gift.

 

Your ministers would often gripe and moan

“Castles are extravagant ! Skip a few !”

although the fortune spent was just your own.

The use of public funds you did eschew.

If you be mad, dear prince, let all kings be.

Our spirits elevation brought you glee.

Local builders worked building every wing,

thus giving the economy a lift.

The splendid structures often made them sing.

Medieval memories- a worthwhile gift.

 

With royal purse and funds obtained by loan

for two decades you kept employed a crew;

where artisans had clearly set the tone.

No wonder locals did and do love you.

If you be mad, dear prince, let all kings be.

Too many think “This bounty’s all for me,”

and tightly onto privilege they will cling.

Your projects spoke of anything but thrift

Yet each year now, fine revenue they bring.

Medieval memories – a worthwhile gift.

 

If you be mad, dear prince, let all kings be.

What happiness would such a focus bring

if politics took a paradigm shift

Nueschwanstein is your your monument my King.

Medieval memories – a worthwhile gift.

© Lawrencealot – December 5, 2014

Picture credit: Wikipedia Commons

 

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Double Refrain Chant Royal

Licentia Rhyme Form

This is an invented form created by Laura Lamarca.
This is an isosyllabic poem (all lines have 11 syllables)
It is stanzaic, consisting of five 12 lines line stanzas, (60 lines)
It is rhymed.  The Rhyme pattern is  AABBCCDDEEAABBffgghhiiAACCjjkkllmmAA etc.
It is a Refrain Poem with the nth couplet of the first stanza being the 1st couplet of the nth stanza and the first couplet is also the final couplet of every stanza.
Meter optional.

Example Poem

Environmentally Friendly     (Licentia Rhyme Form – almost)

“He sprinkled smiles to folks he met every day.”
Let those words, when he’s gone, be what people say.
A tree provides some refuge from heavy rain
his mirth provided escape from dull disdain.
A shopping trip or a walk was not worthwhile
if while about he’d not make some person smile.
His own good cheer was augmented without fail
if laughs arose from his own invented tale.
The thoughtless actions to which we all are prone
he overlooked, lest perhaps they were his own.
“He sprinkled smiles to folks he met every day.”
Let those words, when he’s gone, be what people say.

A tree provides some refuge from heavy rain;
his mirth provided escape from dull disdain.
A brief respite from the downpour bolsters one
with will to press on with what they have begun.
Though laughing won’t remove underlying woes,
it unpollutes the place where folk’s upset grows.
A friendly howdy do when it it’s not required
may spread along the day leaving some inspired.
He gives away his smile but before he’s gone,
you’  notice that there’s another pasted on.
“He sprinkled smiles to folks he met every day.”
Let those words, when he’s gone, be what people say.

A shopping trip or a walk was not worthwhile
if while about he’d not make some person smile.
A child too shy to talk will still tell his folks
that he had fun with that old guy telling jokes.
He’s pause for drivers anxious to push ahead
and choose a more distant place to parking stead.
He’d open doors for the ladies- (what a thought),
He behaved the way the kids of old were taught.
He figured gloominess was but state of mind
and helped all he met just leave that state behind.
“He sprinkled smiles to folks he met every day.”
Let those words, when he’s gone, be what people say.

© Lawrencealot – December 3, 2013

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This is NOT a Licentia Rhyme From in that it does NOT have five stanzas.