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Prompt:

Write a Villanelle.

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What is a Villanelle?

Villanelle is a nineteen-line poem with two repeating rhymes and two refrains. The form is made up of five tercets (three-line stanzas) followed by a quatrain (a stanza of 4 lines). The first and third lines of the opening tercet are repeated alternately in the last lines of the succeeding stanzas; then in the final stanza, the refrain serves as the poem’s two concluding lines.

Using capitals for the refrains and lowercase letters for the rhymes, the form could be expressed as-  A1 b A2 / a b A1 / a b A2 / a b A1 / a b A2 / a b A1 A2.

An excellent example of the form is Dylan Thomas’s “Do not go gentle into that good night”:

     Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

     Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

     Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

     Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

     Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

     And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

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Rules:

  1. All poems must have a title.
  2. Poem/s must be the entrant’s original work and entries must not have been previously published elsewhere. NO PLAGIARISM, please!
  3. You may submit up to 3 entries (or any additional as guest entries).
  4. Entries appearing on personal blogs or other platforms before the announcement of results stand disqualified from the event.
  5. Send your poems to penmagica@gmail.com in a word document along with your bio in 2-3 lines (in the third person) — need not to send if previously sent, lest you need them updated. You may also submit the cover of your poem. (optional)
  6. The closing date of the event is May 20, 2019. Results will be announced on May 26, 2019.

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