It’s New Form Friday for your Poetic Palates.
Today I bring you the CHANSO.
This is a French form made popular by troubadours in 12th century Europe. Often about the chivalrous manner to treat women. (More details coming in updates or a new post. You know I love the historic details of things.)
Here it goes the How To Write:
- 4 or more STANZAS
- The number of lines for a STANZA is up to you. But EACH STANZA will be that number of lines.
- SYLLABLES should be the same for each line throughout. The number is your choice.
- The RHYME SCHEME is your choice, but whatever you set for the FIRST STANZA, should be the same for all STANZAS.
The RHYME PATTERN for a four-line four STANZA Chanso would look like this: (Image)
RHYMING PATTERNS for a four-line, four stanza CHANSO.
Each stanza is to use its OWN rhymes, not those of
the previous stanza’s rhymes.
- You choose the NUMBER OF STANZAS you want your Chanso to have.
- The FINAL STANZA called an ENVOY or TORNADA, is a summary of the poem or a dedication to the subject the poem is about if that applies in any way.
- The ENVOY/TORNADO is half the number of lines as the main stanzas.
- For the ABOVE PATTERN, the ENVOY is a 2 line stanza because the main stanza is 4 lines
If the main was a 6 line stanza, the final stanza would be a 3 line stanza.
- The RHYME PATTERN for the ENVOY/TORNADA is the same as the main stanza
beginning with line one. If this were a 6 line main stanza, then the envoy/tornada would be IJI or IIJ.
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