Definition for villanelle (2 of 2)
noun, plural vil·la·nel·le [vil-uh-nel-ee; Italian veel-lah-nel-le] /ˌvɪl əˈnɛl i; Italian ˌvil lɑˈnɛl lɛ/.
Origin of villanella
Examples from the Web for villanelle
Lastly, the villanelle alternates one of two refrain lines at the end of each three-lined stanza.A Short History of French Literature|George Saintsbury
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 J'ai perdu ma tourterelle and the ode on May-day show Passerat's art in its happiest moments.A History of French Literature|Edward Dowden
The Villanelle is written in five three-lined stanzas, concluding with one of four lines.
This he followed by English versions of the rondel, rondeau and villanelle.
British Dictionary definitions for villanelle (1 of 2)
Word Origin for villanelle
British Dictionary definitions for villanelle (2 of 2)
noun plural -las
Word Origin for villanella
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.