Villanelle Writing Prompt

A classic form of poetry, the villanelle has a strict form of 19 lines within five triplets and a repeating refrain. These poems are very song-like and are fun to both read and write once you know the rules behind them.

Villanelle Characteristics and Rules

  • 19 lines
  • 5 stanzas of 3 lines each
  • 1 closing stanza of 4 lines
  • Rhyme scheme: ABA, ABA, ABA, ABA, ABA, ABAA
  • Line 1 repeats in lines 6, 12, and 18
  • Line 3 repeats in lines 9, 15, and 19

See the attached .pdf for examples and a villanelle worksheet!



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Writing Prompt

Time Frame: 

Up to 1 hour

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Required Materials: 

Paper, pencil, Villanelle worksheet

Literary model: 

"A Boy & His Dog" by Blake Hoena

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