- a short poem of fixed form, written in tercets, usually five in number, followed by a final quatrain, all being based on two rhymes.
Origin of villanelle
- a rustic Italian part song without accompaniment.
Origin of villanella
Examples from the Web for villanelle
This he followed by English versions of the rondel, rondeau and villanelle.
The villanelle J'ai perdu ma tourterelle and the ode on May-day show Passerat's art in its happiest moments.A History of French Literature
Lastly, the villanelle alternates one of two refrain lines at the end of each three-lined stanza.A Short History of French Literature
Here, as in the villanelle, a change of signification in the repeated lines is thought to add to the charm of the form.English Verse
Raymond MacDonald Alden, Ph.D.
The Villanelle has been called "the most ravishing jewel worn by the Muse Erato."
- a verse form of French origin consisting of 19 lines arranged in five tercets and a quatrain. The first and third lines of the first tercet recur alternately at the end of each subsequent tercet and both together at the end of the quatrain
- a type of part song originating in Naples during the 16th century
Word Origin and History for villanelle
1580s, from French villanelle, from Italian villanella "ballad, rural song," from fem. of villanello "rustic," from Medieval Latin villanus (see villain). As a poetic form, five 3-lined stanzas and a final quatrain, with only two rhymes throughout, usually of pastoral or lyric nature.