Origin of villanelle
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
Related Words for villanellerhyme, poetry, writing, verse, lyric, epic, composition, ballad, sonnet, song, beat, creation, poesy, rime, words, ode, limerick, lines, rune, haiku
Examples from the Web for villanelle
Historical Examples of 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 is written in five three-lined stanzas, concluding with one of four lines.
Word Origin for villanelle
noun plural -las
Word Origin for villanella
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.