Rondel Prime Notes

About the Jez of It

Another neglected but beautiful French form the Rondel Prime is a 14-line poem which is formed over two rhymes. The refrain is set up using the first two lines of the first stanza. The meter is open to the poet’s discretion but is usually eight-syllable lines.

The Rhyme scheme is ABababAB ababaAB

Or for an Italian variant ABabbaAB abbaABB

Example

Beach Walks by Jez Farmer

A child I was and nothing more,
When first I gazed upon the sea,
I wandered here along the shore,
A-dreaming all the things to be,
When life was still a mystery,
Each day something new to explore.
A child I was and nothing more,
When first I gazed upon the sea,
But now with you I share my shore,
In realms of love, of you to me,
And so I know my destiny,
Like all the days I knew before.
A child I was…

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