Poetic Constellations



2018 Poetry Form Challenge

#02 Ballade

The Ballade as its name suggests is a French form and along with the Rondeau was one of the first forms to be standardised in the 14th cetury. Written in syllabic prosody of any one line length, the original French forms were octosyllabic, but now decasyllable is more common, and iambic tetrameter etc; are just as acceptable.

The construction is 28 lines which are divided into three octave stanzas and a four line envoi.
The rhyme and pattern do not change. It turns around on only three rhymes.and as is common with most French forms, the last line of each stanza is a refrain. The Ballade has a rhyme pattern of: a, b, a, b, b, c, b, C and the envoy b, c, b, C.

See below where Leny Roovers gives a lovely example of this form.

Carving

Your words carve nightmares in my skin, they bleed-
obscure the lines that burn and scourge within,
as deep into my flesh the etching feeds
in layers only I knew to be thin.
Is witnessing a branding also sin?
I feel the tissues sizzle and contract,
the bluntness of the knife is sinking in-
as violated nerve-ends now retract.

You cut with great precision at the weeds
your eyes detected underneath my skin;
I bowed my head in silence and agreed,
endured your efforts, keeping up my chin.
But now I'm tired, hurting, in a spin;
beside deep-rooted weeds I lost- I cracked
on seeing on your face an old chagrin,
as violated nerve-ends now retract.

The hand that wields the knife will not recede,
though hesitation finally begins
to waver and confuse in loss of speed;
the silence that enfolds- a roaring din.
Our faces slowly lose the deadly grin,
essential parts that kept me whole, intact,
regenerated by adrenalin-
as violated nerve-ends now retract.

We'll throw the offal left into the bin
and start to build anew; we'll re-enact,
retrace our steps, determined we will win,
as violated nerve-ends now retract.

Leny Roovers


Envelope Ballade

The Envelope Ballade is just as interesting a form as the basic Ballade, however, the Refrain begins and ends each stanza. The construction is similar with the rhyme pattern changing to: A, b, a, b, c, a, c A, and the envoy c, a, c A,

Here is an example of this form.

Essence

To taste your essence on my lips
I sense your spirit in the wind
I feel you still at my fingertips
And see you smiling in my mind.
Your trembles to my touch says so
Sensing strongly how your heart skips
Passioned clutch forbids me go
To taste your essence on my lips

To taste your essence on my lips
Each night with dusk I feel a kind
Of bond with you of honeyed sips
To all else I am truly blind
Unseeing yet all of you I know
I am the bee and honey drips
So sweet a special nest doth grow
To taste your essence on my lips

To taste your essence on my lips
My soul and body to unwind
And free all feeling of loving nips
My will to lock and mind to bind
Yet such passioned feelings grow
A love drug giving me such trips
But after leaving me aglow
To taste your essence on my lips

Where are you from I do not know
The heavenly dust of passion grips
The white hot heat of Heavens snow
To taste your essence on my lips

Terry Cliteroe



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