Rondelet Poets Appearing in the January / February 2012 Sketchbook


John Daleiden, USRondelet: The Guile of A Beleaguered Heart

Sandra Martyres, INRondelet: Her Singing



The Rondelet is a 7 line Syllable counted genre: 4, 8, 4, 8, 8, 8, 4 - the third and seventh lines are a repeat of the first line. The word is the diminutive of rondel, a similar, longer verse form. The rhyme scheme is A,b,A,a,b,b,A. The refrained lines should contain the same words, however substitution or different use of punctuation on the lines has been common.

Etymology: The term roundelay originates from 1570, from Modern French rondelet, a diminutive of rondel meaning "short poem with a refrain," literally "small circle". From Old French rondel, a diminutive of rond meaning "circle, sphere," originally an adjective from roont. The spelling developed by association with lay (noun) "poem to be sung" (Wikipedia).

Bibliography: Michel Barrucaud, François Besson, Eric Doumerc, Raphaelle Gosta de Beaurregard, Aurélie Guilain, Wendy Harding, Isabelle Keller-Privat, Catherine Lamone, Lesley Lawton et Sylvie Maurel, An introduction to poetry in English, Presses Universtitaires du Mirail, Toulouse (



See Also: Sketchbook Writer's Handbook: Rondel

Sandra Martyres, IN—Rondel: The Game of Cricket: Vol. 6, No. 1, Jan/Feb, 2011.










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