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Metric Monday - Villanelle

I endeavored to write a villanelle while my children and their friends argue in French about whose fort is the best, most solid structure.  But I'm just not that zen.  Villanelles are a poetic form that is incredibly rigid.  But because of it's rigidity, I find them easier to write, but not easy enough to write while 4 children buzz round my head like energetic and mostly benign bumble bees.  So here is one of the most beautiful villanelles for your enjoyment.  And, in case you are interested, a short explanation of the form taken from the Academy of American Poets.

This lovely poem is by Dylan Thomas.

 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 …

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