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This is Frank Hubeny. The form today is the Chaucerian stanza or rhyme royal. Both names tell some of its history. According to Lewis Turco in his “The Book of Forms” Chaucer introduced it into English and James I of Scotland wrote poems using the form. Gay Reiser Cannon presented this form in a dVerse post in 2011 providing examples from Chaucer, Shakespeare and Yeats: https://dversepoets.com/2011/07/28/formforall-rhyme-royal/

The form consists of seven metrical lines with the rhyme pattern ababbcc. A metrical line has a pattern of accents that sound repetitive both within the line and between the other lines of the poem. Although poets often use iambic pentameter any meter is acceptable. Thomas Wyatt wrote one in dimeter: http://www.bartleby.com/101/36.html.

While looking for contemporary examples of rhyme royal I found this humorous poem with historical references by Brendan O Corraidhe entertaining. (Source: ShavaSue)

For this challenge, if rhyme and meter are too much of a challenge, write seven lines that you would argue are close enough to count as Chaucerian stanza or rhyme royal. You could write multiple stanzas although one would do. Let’s limit the number of stanzas to no more than three for this challenge. The Mister Linky will be open for 48 hours.

To participate write your poem and post it on your blog. Copy the link to your blog post and paste it in the Mister Linky below. Read what the other poets have linked and perhaps even comment on those poems.