Definition of villanelle in English:

villanelle

Line breaks: vil¦lan|elle
Pronunciation: /ˌvɪləˈnɛl
 
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noun

A pastoral or lyrical poem of nineteen lines, with only two rhymes throughout, and some lines repeated.
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  • But in my beginning classes, the first thing they have to learn until they get to that point where I see they have it under control is blues, blues-sonnets, regular sonnets, villanelles, sestinas, haikus, tankas, and odes.
  • There were ballades, chants royal, kyrielles, pantoums, rondeaux, rondels, rondeau redoubles, Sicilian octaves, roundels, sestinas, triolets, villanelles, and virelais to play with, and poets of varying merit had a go.
  • We are still writing sonnets, villanelles, sestinas, even pantoums and triolets, ballades and rondels, as well as inventing ‘nonce’ forms to suit our uses.

Origin

late 19th century: from French, from Italian villanella (see villanella).

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