Thursday, 8 March 2018

Villanelle for Mum

Writing a Villanelle isn't easy. I can give you some basic tools such as the rhyming scheme;

A1-b-A2 / a-b-A1 / a-b-A2 / a-b-A1 / a-b-A2 / a-b-A1-A2 which looks simple enough.

I can tell you to make your 'b' an easy to rhyme ending 'such as the 'ay' ending chosen by Dylan Thomas in his remarkable Villanelle, "Do not go Gentle into that Good Night."

I can post that poem for you here;

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 green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on that sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

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2 comments:

Steve Rowland said...

A very moving tribute to a grand lady.

Anonymous said...

This is lovely Adele. So sorry to hear of your loss.