A Villanelle About Trying To Write A Villanelle

I wanted to improve my poetry
So I tried to write a villanelle
I thought it would be easy

The first stanza went quite well
But I slowly began to see
It was difficult to foretell

How successful I might be
Whether I could really excel
Or was this form beyond me?

I knew I could construct the shell
Of any poem visually
But the themes would just unravel

Without the missing key
To unlock inspiration’s cell
And set my trapped muse free

And I tried my best to quell
This most poetic villainy
But it’s time to sound this poem’s knell
And the villanelle can go to Hell

  18 comments for “A Villanelle About Trying To Write A Villanelle

  1. September 15, 2020 at 6:06 am

    lol. That was pretty good. I’m not going to try it in the comments section. Good job.

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    • September 15, 2020 at 7:24 pm

      It is slightly more challenging than a haiku but I think you could give it a go

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      • September 15, 2020 at 7:58 pm

        Well, I do enjoy learning about the many, many types of poems there are. I’ve done some different ones. Perhaps as a post in the near-ish future…

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  2. September 15, 2020 at 7:45 am

    A poem about villanelle, I just could not believe.
    But I had a little chuckle, it’s not the one from Killing Eve!

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    • September 15, 2020 at 7:26 pm

      Although it’s very much a show I know I’d love, I haven’t actually seen it yet so I had no idea I was channeling pop culture

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  3. September 15, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    Yep, it’s quatrains or no trains for me.

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  4. September 15, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    I don’t want you to get obsessed about this form. Promise?

    Liked by 1 person

    • September 15, 2020 at 7:28 pm

      I’m guessing this another’Killing Eve’ reference. I must get round to watching it

      Liked by 1 person

  5. September 15, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    I don’t know what a villanelle is, but now I know where it belongs.

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    • September 15, 2020 at 7:28 pm

      I’m glad I cleared that up for you

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  6. September 16, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    I can totally see Cyrano De Bergerac killing someone while reciting that…

    Liked by 1 person

    • September 16, 2020 at 5:35 pm

      That’s very much the mood I was going for

      Liked by 1 person

  7. September 18, 2020 at 3:42 am

    You’re getting pretty darn fancy, James. I don’t know what to think of what’s happening here.

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    • September 18, 2020 at 6:19 am

      Probably best not to overthink it. The reality could only disappoint

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