Create a Villanelle

Poem Assignment #1 of 5: Create a Villanelle

A Villanelle is a nineteen-line poem consisting of a very specific rhyming scheme:

aba aba aba aba aba abaa.

The first and the third lines in the first stanza are repeated in alternating order throughout the poem, and appear together in the last couplet (last two lines).

One of the most famous Villanelle is Do not go Gentle into that Good Night by Dylan Thomas.

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  1. Choose a picture from the "gallery” as your subject.
  2. Become a "character” for the situation depicted and create a "story” in your pre-write about the photo.
  3. Describe the photo and the story you created in a poem. You will be writing a villanelle.

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