|Detail of the monk from Canterbury Tales ~ Geoffrey Chaucer|
The Ballade is the dominant Old French form of the 14th and 15th centuries. It was brought to England by Geoffrey Chaucer, who used it as the basis of his Monk's Tale, consequently the Ballade stanza is also called The Monk's Tale stanza:
Lo ADAM, in the field of Damascene (a)
With Godde's owen finger wrought was he, (b)
And not begotten of man's sperm unclean; (a)
And welt all Paradise saving one tree: (b)
Had never worldly man so high degree (b)
As Adam, till he for misgovernance (c)
Was driven out of his prosperity (b)
To labour, and to hell, and to mischance. (c)
Our focus, however, is on the Huitain, a poem in 8 lines. It is made up of a single Ballade stanza. The verse form was most popular in the 16th century and was often used for epigrams in the 18th century. One source suggests the Huitain may have begun in Spain with the simple 8 syllable by 8 line frame which is typical of early Spanish verse. Which came first and who influenced whom, no one knows.
The basic layout is as follows:
Line length: 8 (French) or 10 (English) syllables
Rhyme scheme: ababbcbc
Number of lines: 8
The complete poem consists of these 8 lines. Read more about the background and other uses of the Ballade form HERE.
The Monk's Tale
I may come back tomorrow with a Monk's Tale too. If any one else would like to try both, please feel free to do so.
Sorry about the "sperm unclean". Perhaps I should have chosen a different verse..Haha!
I gave it a try! Have a good weekend, everyone.
Looks like fun, Kerry,(despite the sperm.;_))Off to see what my brain can come up with.
My brain came up with a poem about lunch! Go figure, it's lunch time here right now!!!
Omg! Kerry posted p*rn! :-P
I think mine is more time out for a monk, no not that ;D
I think I might give this another try...I would like to try the form, but my brain is fried.
Mine is about an Abbess, instead. Because...
Thank you, Kerry!! It's always a good challenge when trying something new!! :)'s
I had to tell a monk's tale too!
... blood, sweat, and tears... TWO form poems in two days! I'm going bald and cross-eyed! I will be back later tonight to read everyones! (I have to go recover now :)
I'm in, but not feeling too great atm, so it may be a bit before I can read and return visits--but I couldn't pass this one up.
These form prompts are very challenging for me. I may give it a try or perhaps just the monk. I am just returning from our week's camping trip in Big Sur, California. Had not stopped there in many years and it must really be one of the most beautiful places. We camped by a clear rocky river near redwood trees. I will try to link some of my poems as the prompts seem to fit or on open day.
hi, everyone! i managed to write one... and now am scurrying around packing for a 3-day work conference, ack! with apologies, i don't think i'll be able to read everyone else's until i get back. but i will, on a few days' delay. have a good week, friends!
I just read the entire Monk's Tale. My eyes are burning, and I'm not sure I can write eight words of poetry let alone eight lines. But I get the point. Do not trust anything or anyone, least of all Fortune; at some point, we all shall fall.
I finally got my comment in the right place! Kerry, if it's possible, I need my link under the Friday the 13th challenge removed. Now for this huitain prompt, I really liked it! Nice to be offered the restriction (!!!) of a specified structure.
This was a fun form to work with, thankfully my brain tends to work in eight syllables!
Finally managed to create something and complete it! I have had a few goes at this one!
Phew!! Ditto @ Gemma! Great probe (yet again).
My Monk's Tale is up. Can't seem to link.
I can't link up to this site, it seems, but I have done A Monk's Tale. http://purplepeninportland.wordpress.com/Big Brother
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