Kyrielle Hymn

Kyrielle Hymn is a recent stanzaic form that is a variation of the 16th century, English Hymnal Measure. From the name, one could assume this American invented form was a variation of the Middle Ages verse form theKyrielle. But, the only thing it has in common with the Kyrielle is they both have a refrain.

The Kyrielle Hymn is:
○ lyrical.
○ stanzaic, written in any number of cinquains.
○ metered, L1,L3,L5 iambic tetrameter, L2,L4 iambic trimeter.
○ composed with refrain, the 5th line of each stanza is a refrain.
○ rhyme, rhyme scheme ababR cdcdR etc. R being the refrain which need not rhyme with other end words in the stanza.

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Kyrielle Hymn
Type: Structure, Metrical Requirement, Repetitive Requirement, Rhyme Scheme Requirement, Stanzaic
Description: A hymnal stanza with appended one line iambic tetrameter refrain.
Origin: American
Schematic: ababR cdcdR, etc.


xX xX xX xX
xX xX xX
xX xX xX xX
xX xX xX
xX xX xX xX
Rhythm/Stanza Length: 5

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My thanks to Charles L. Weatherford for his years of work on the wonderful Poetrybase resource.

My example poem

Choose Up Sides ( Kyrielle Hymn)

“If one could reason with a fool
would fools cease to exsist?
If men used logic as their tool
would group-thought still persist?
I ask you that rhetorically.”

“Do some require a membership
to validate their worth,
must they be cleansed with bunk sheep-dip*
by groups upon this earth?”
I ask you that rhetorically.”

“Once one has chosen sides or teams
they measure outside folk
as being enemies, it seems.
Does that seem like a joke?
I ask you that rhetorically.”

© Lawrencealot – August 20,2012

*sheep dip also see sheep-dip
n.  Any of various preparations of liquid disinfectant into which sheep are dipped to destroy parasites and to clean their wool, especially before shearing.

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Kyrielle Hymn

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