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Guide posted by Coachgold Rick P in The Poetry Club

How to write a Paradelle

Paradelle The Paradelle is a modern poetic form invented by Billy Collins as a parody of the villanelle. Billy Collins claimed that the paradelle was a difficult, fixed form consisting of four six-line stanzas with a repetitive pattern invented in eleventh century France, and the press believed the story and ran with it. Due to the extensive publicity, the Paradelle has made its rounds in the poetic community. Eventhough the form was invented as a hoax, the Paradelle has taken on a life of its own. It is still a difficult form, nonetheless, to practice which can be fun and rewarding eventhough the inventor may not have intended it to be. The Paradell Structure First Three Stanzas: The first two lines as well as the third and fourth lines of the first three stanzas must be the same (repeat). Where it begins to get difficult and become more of a poetic puzzle is when reaching fifth and sixth lines. These lines must contain all the words from the preceding four lines within the stanza using them only once to form completely new lines. Last Stanza: For the most difficult piece of this poetic puzzle, the final stanza of the paradelle does not repeat like the preceding stanzas, rather the final six lines must contain every word from the first three stanzas, and only those words, again using them only once to form completely new lines. The Design is simple: Stanza 1: 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 4 Stanza 2: 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 8 Stanza 3: 9, 9, 10, 10, 11, 12 Stanza 4: 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

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