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March - Poetry Forms Challenge
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The Kyrielle is a French form written in quatrains. (Stanzas of four lines).
Each quatrain contains a repeated line or phrase as a refrain.
It has a meter usually composed of eight syllables per line but it can be varied.
There is no limit to the number of stanzas, but three is generally the minimum.
The normal structure is a/a/b/B, c/c/b/B, d/d/b/B. with B being the repeated line.
A varied structure could be a/b/a/B, c/b/c/B, d/b/
Part of the 100 Themes Challenge
, Variation 2:
No. 61: Fairy Tale
Part of Author's Comment
Though I used reoccurring motifs of the more popular fairy tales, I am in no way referring to any modern version of them (Disney and Dreamworks versions for example). In my opinion, the modern fairy tale movies concentrate way to much on the reward (i.e. the prince/princess) and forget the grim obstacle, the blood and the moral. The orginal versions of the fairy tales were gruesome in their consequences for wrong behaviour, so people would stick to the moral provided at the end. Also, they often had sexual motifs. (while collecting fairy tales, the brothers Grimm often censored parts.)
(Think about the following: In "Cinderella", they changed the slipper from fur to glass. "Rumpelstiltskin".)