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


The Florette, created by Jan Turner, consists of two or more stanzas for either of the two versions.
Version 1 – Quatrain Stanazas
Rhyme schemeaaba , with interlaced rhyme in line four, where syllable eight shares the “b” rhyme.
 Syllabic:           8/8/8/12 
Meter:               Iambic
Version 5 – Quintet Stanazas
Rhyme schemeaabba,  with interlaced rhyme in line five, where syllable eight shares the “b” rhyme.
 Syllabic:             8/8/8/8/12 
Meter:                 Iambic
Sample Poem
Meeting for a Drink     (Florette)While sitting near my fountain, dear
a pretty yellow finch appeared.
When he came by to say hello
it thrilled me much to simply know I wasn’t feared.
He studied me expression wise,
as if the sight was no surprise;
he groomed his feathers, seemed to think,
then bowed to me and took a drink, just we two guys.
© Lawrencealot – November 28, 2013
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The Rondine is:
 a poem in 12 lines made up of a septet and ending in a quintet.
 syllabic 8 syllables per line except L7 and L12 which are 4 syllables each. 
 In English metered, most often iambic tetrameter except the refrain which is iambic dimeter.
 composed with a refrain repeated from the opening phrase of the poem, rentrement.
 rhymed, using only 2 rhymes except for the refrain being unrhymed, 
 rhyme scheme abba,aabR, abbaR (R being the refrain)
NOTE: The rhyme may be sight rhyme, slant rhyme, or assonance
ALSO NOTE:  This form found frequently WITH MORE that EIGHT Syllable
As in the example below.>
My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for the fine resource above.
This is another very neglected and a very challenging poetry form. It consists of two stanzas, a septet (7 lines), and a quintet (5 lines), making the poem a total of 12 lines.There is a refrain which mimics the first phrase of the first line. R.
The Rondine has a rhyme scheme of, 
(a). b. b. a. a. b. R….a. b. b.( a. R).
The meter is open with the French style and not bound by a rhyming pattern and is a more light and buoyant even “flashy” form of poetry which uses short lines, whereas the English is more formal and uses Tetrameter or Pentameter.
Here is an example by Wesli Court.
Example Poem
Write a Rondine
Here’s my Rondine, my very first .
With practice I’ll get better yet.
There is not much I should forget.
The rhymes are decently dispersed.
Find five alike, then dive headfirst.
Now have I, your interest whet?
Here’s my Rondine.
Choose words so refrain’s not coerced.
It ties the poem don’t forget,
from start to end refrain’s abet
a singularity well versed.
Here’s my Rondine.
© Lawrencealot – April 2012
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