Appearing in the January / February 2012 Sketchbook
The Guile of A Beleaguered Heart
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 (http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=roundelay).
Also: Sketchbook Writer's Handbook:
The Game of Cricket: Vol. 6, No. 1, Jan/Feb, 2011.