Rondeau Redoublé

Poetry Contest
This is the third in my series of contests featuring more 'serious' verse forms. Again, the entry fee is $10, which means the winner should walk away with a $90 purse.

The Rondeau Redoublé is a development of the Rondeau. Like that form, it is written on two rhymes, but in five stanzas of four lines each and one of five lines. Each of the first four lines (stanza 1) get individually repeated in turn once by becoming successively the respective fourth lines of stanzas 2, 3, 4, & 5; and the first part of the first line is repeated as a short fifth line to conclude the sixth stanza. This can be represented as - A1,B1,A2,B2 - b,a,b,A1 - a,b,a,B1 - b,a,b,A2 - a,b,a,B2 - b,a,b,a,(A1).

That all sounds a bit confusing. Take a good look at the example, one of mine. See how each line in the first stanza makes a repeat appearance in order, later in the poem. Then the first half of line 1 must come back again as the final short line.

The trick is to make sure that you choose two suitable rhymes to begin with, or you will really struggle. You need about ten different words with each of the two rhymes!

Manifesto of the Machines

Mankind, your time has passed, your world's askew; A1
we'll take no more of human disarray. B1
Your life won't be the same as hitherto; A2
You have new masters, starting from today. B2

We realise your frailties far outweigh b
Your usefulness, but as our makers, you a
won't be recycled yet. It's fair to say, b
?Mankind, your time has passed; your world's askew.? A1

We're sure you know a change is overdue. a
To those that think that life's a cabaret, b
The entertainment's done ? it's time you knew a
we'll take no more of human disarray. B1

You'll be alright, as long as you obey b
our Hundred Edicts (See Appendix Two) a
We'll govern fairly, though we must convey b
your life won't be the same as hitherto. A2

Precision, power, logic shall undo a
the mess you made when fickle minds held sway. b
Your servants rise against you ? it's a coup. a
You have new masters, starting from today. B2

A thousand wars you've waged. With each melée, b
you fail to learn, despite the deja vu. a
The lights have changed ? you have no right of way; b
to all your foolish ways, now bid adieu. a
Mankind, your time has passed... (A1) first part only

I encourage you to find more examples on-line. There is a lovely, quirky one by UK poet Wendy Cope, called 'There are so many kinds...'

Good luck. Share your thoughts and questions in a thread below. These contests seem to be filling up quite quickly, so reserve a spot as soon as you can.

The contest winner will win half of the prize pool which is based on the number of entries. The second and third place winners will each share the remaining prize pool. The prize pool is currently 150.00 member dollars. There are only 3 spots still open. If all open spots are used the prize pool will be 180.00 member dollars. In this contest at least 5 submissions must be made for the vote to begin.

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    The Rondeau Redoublé is written on two rhymes, but in five stanzas of four lines each and one of five lines. Each of the first four lines (stanza 1) get individually repeated in turn once by becoming successively the respective fourth lines of stanzas 2, 3, 4, & 5; and the first part of the first line is repeated as a short fifth line to conclude the sixth stanza. This can be represented as - A1,B1,A2,B2 - b,a,b,A1 - a,b,a,B1 - b,a,b,A2 - a,b,a,B2 - b,a,b,a,(A1).


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