Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Winter Shadows




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Paradelle is a modern poetic form invented by Billy Collins as a parody of the villanelle. Paradelle has survived in the poetic world and is still known in the poetic community.

Paradelle is a challenge to write, but the experience of writing one is amazing.


Structure of the Paradelle 

For the first three stanzas-

  • the first two lines and the third and fourth line must be the same (a repeat)
  • the fifth and sixth lines must contain all the words from the preceding four lines within the stanza and use them only once to form completely new lines.

The final stanza -

The six lines of the final stanza must contain every word from the first three stanzas and use only those words to form completely new lines and again must be used only once.


Winter Shadows in Paradelle form -



Snow white winter appears fast

Snow white winter appears fast

Shadows close footsteps of fall

Shadows close footsteps of fall

Footsteps of snow shadows fast

Fall close appears winter white



Eager to meet mother earth

Eager to meet mother earth

Snowflakes celebrate winter

Snowflakes celebrate winter

Eager to celebrate winter

Snowflakes meet mother earth



Cold white winter plunges

Cold white winter plunges

Earth into blankets of snow

Earth into blankets of snow

Into cold blankets of white snow

Winter plunges earth



Snow white footsteps of winter

Cold shadows
 appears fast 

Snowflakes meet blankets mother earth

Eager to celebrate 
plunges into fall