A Roundel is syllabic with 3 Stanzas, 9 lines of the same length, and two shorter refrain lines which must be identical to the beginning of the first line.

There is NO set line length but iambic tetrameter or pentameter is common.

Rhyme Scheme: abaB bab abaB, where B is the refrain after the third line and as the final line of the poem.             

The refrain must be identical with the beginning of the first line: it may be a half-line, and rhymes with the second line.

My Example

Form: Roundel

Summer Awe

Without a doubt you know I’m here
from canine breath I must let out,
that we’re connected souls is clear
Without a doubt.

Your wings move slowly near my snout
as though a greeting without fear.
I love how your kind flits about.

Your brilliant colors do endear;
you dance to flower’s summer shout.
We both hold freedom very dear
Without a doubt.

© Lawrencealot – April 14, 2013

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