Saraband Sonnet – French Style

tercet + quatrain + tercet + quatrain
Four stanzas
Volta at Line 8
Stanza 1 a tercet, rhyme axa or aaa
Stanza 2 a quatrain, any quatrain form or rhyme
The stanza forms may be mixed
 Note: My labels and template do NOT consider any form mixing.
  • English: abab or abcb
  • Italian: baab
  • Spanish: bcbc
  • French: bbcc
  • Any metrical foot
  • Any metrical line
  • Some authorities insist on eight syllables but this is not cut and dried
Stanza 3 a tercet, same tercet form as stanza 1
a sonnet with a French tercet requires
line 2 of both tercets to rhyme.
Stanza 4 a quatrain, any quatrain form and rhyme
Rhyme scheme: depends on the form chosen.
The volta the first line of the second tercet. 
aaa bbcc aaa bbcc
aza bbcc aza bbcc
I have used the “z” letter to indicate the lines must rhyme with each other, but may have any value, including “a thru c”.
Example Poem:
I have no Example Poem yet, Please Feel Free to send me one.
Visual Template:  (Early on I found the spelling shown below, but have intentionally chose to opt for the more commonly found “Saraband”.