Hi everyone! Today we will learn a poetry form, called Sequidilla.
The Seguidilla began as a popular dance song of Spain. The verse form was established and branched into variations by the 17th century. It has an alternating long short rhythm.
The Seguidilla is:
• stanzaic, written in any number of 2 part septets. (7 lines)
• syllabic, 7-5-7-5 : 5-7-5 per line. There is a slight pause between L4 and L5 suggesting L4 should be end-stopped.
• rhymed by assonance xAxABxB or xAxABAB. x being unrhymed. True rhyme is generally not used.
• composed with a volta or change in thought between L4 and L5.
• sometimes serves as a conclusion for another verse.
So quiet now, the ripples
lapping on the shore
scarcely disturb the silence
– a whisper, no more.
But who knows the power
the growing breakers may have
in another hour?
– Paul Hansford
And for those interested to know the definition of assonance, here it is:
Assonance is a literary device in which the repetition of similar vowel sounds takes place in two or more words in proximity to each other within a line of poetry. Assonance most often refers to the repetition of internal vowel sounds in words that do not end the same. For example, “he fell asleep under the cherry tree” is a phrase that features assonance with the repetition of the long “e” vowel, despite the fact that the words containing this vowel do not end in perfect rhymes. This allows writers the means of emphasizing important words in a phrase or line, as well as creating a sense of rhythm, enhancing mood, and offering a lyrical effect of words and sounds.
Today’s challenge is to write a seguidilla. You choose your theme and set the mood. If one stanza is not enough for you, you can continue to add, following the seguidilla pattern of rhyme and number of lines.
New to dVerse? Here’s how to join in:
*Write a sequidilla in response to the challenge.
*Enter a link directly to your poem and your name by clicking Mr. Linky below
*You will find links to other poets and more will join so please do check
back later in order to read their poems.
*Read and comment on other poets’ work–we all come here to have our poems read.
*Please link back to dVerse from your site/blog.
See you at the poetry trail! ~ Grace