Rime Royal Sonnet

Rime Royal Sonnet

Rime Royal

This stanza form is believed to be of Italian origin, and appears to be formed out of the, stanza called Ottava Rima, and by removing the fifth line. This reduces it to a seven line stanza of three rhymes, arranged with a rhyme scheme of; 

a. b. a. b. b. c. c.. The unison of two stanza’s will construct a lovely sonnet form.

It seems probable that the inventor of this stanza was Geoffrey Chaucer, who had many compositions using this form, of which the following is an example:


Domine, dominus noster.

O Lord, Our Lord, Thy name how marvelous

Is spread through all this mighty world,” said she

“For not alone Thy praise so glorious 

Is given by men of worth and dignity, 

But from the mouths of children Thy bounty 

Is hymned, yea, even sucklings at the breast 

Do sometimes Thy laudation manifest. 

“Wherefore in praise, as best I can or may, 

Of Thee and of that pure white Lily-flower 

Who bore Thee, and is yet a maid alway, 

I tell a tale as best is in my power, 

Not that I may increase Her heavenly dower,

For She Herself is honour and the one 

From Whom spring wealth and goodness, next Her Son.

The subjects of rime royal poetry was courtly, moral, or classic tales, and generally must be elevated: love, chivalry, saints’ lives, classic tales, tragedies. Rime royal was not used for low comedy or bawdy tales and it seems natural for two stanzas of this form to make a sonnet, and the Sonnet Crown, Redoubled and Sequence would be natural additions as Chaucer has proven..



Autumn Love

Come take my hand my autumn angel

No longer summers colours bright

Lush green hues are no longer visible

And days share equal time with night.

Cool mornings and a paler sky sight

Leave a legacy the colours of red and gold.

So thankful crops are gathered, and sold,

This time is ours in our private nest

Away from cooler seas that chill the air

It is now we find that time alone is best

With evenings by a fire in a comfy chair

Now that time is best to show we care

And future lives stretching out forever

That we earned through our endeavour

Ryter Roethicle

My thanks to Ryter Roethicle of thepoetsgarret.

My example

The Tytle Cycle (Rime Royal Sonnet)

Though Caesar died upon the March’s Ides
It’s April’s fifteenth day that I’d eschew.
To Caesar, men must pay (and file besides),
it’s voluntary, (that’s a lie that grew).
They take from me so they may give to you!
Not you yourself – I think you think like me,
the other guys, who think things should be free.
Republics can’t endure once people learn
their votes can buy the guy who’ll make it so.
The tax breaks for which each of us so yearn
will go to those who pony up the dough.
Entitlements can do nothing but grow.
The “gimme” guys will take, the house will spend;
this is the way our government will end.

© Lawrencealot – March 17, 2015


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Rime Royal Sonnet