Y’all are doing great so far!! Today we will explore7-lined poems called “septets.” Even though a septet can be a poem of any form or meter as long as it has seven lines, let’s STRETCH ourselves and explore a SPECIFIC type of septet: a RHYME ROYAL. This is actually the most common form of septet poetry and the only 7-lined poem to have its own special name.
A Rhyme Royal was popularized by Geoffrey Chaucer and it began to be called “royal” because James I of Scotland used it for his own verses.
It has VERY SPECIFIC guidelines, which are:
SEVEN LINES, each having EXACTLY TEN SYLLABLES in them.
There is also a SPECIFIC rhyming PATTERN: a·b·a·b·b·c·c
The ending rhyme pattern can be the tricky part, but give it a try!
An example can be found in William Wordsworth poem, “Resolution and Independence”
So your topic can be anything as long as the poem is 7 lines long and each line has 10 syllables in it and the ending rhymes follow the pattern a·b·a·b·b·c·c
And if that makes you crazy, just write any ol’ septet, which is a seven-lined poem of any form you choose, including free verse.
Here is an example:
We have such fun when we are on quest.
Loving and supporting one another.
Father and mother, sister and brother.
Families can be eternally bound.
This is the way true happiness is found.
© 2019 Stephanie Abney
And here I have broken it down by lines and ending rhymes:
2. Laughing, crying, and playing together. B
3. We have such fun when we are on quest. A
4. Loving and supporting one another. B
5. Father and mother, sister and brother. B
6. Families can be eternally bound. C
7. This is the way true happiness is found. C
Okay, YOUR TURN!! Cheers!!
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