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The Kyrielle format should appeal to those lyricists, rhyming poets, devotional composers and even sonnet aficionados. Of the repeat poetry styles the Kyrielle is, in my opinion, the simplest. As I did my research, for this article, I discovered that the flexibility of this format has developed into many variations which consoles me because of the rules I missed when I began writing them.

The Kyrielle poem originated in France during the middle ages. The word derives from Kyrie which is part of many Christian liturgies. Hence, a number of hymns use the kyrielle formula.

In itís purest sense, a Kyrielle follows the rhyming couplet standard with the last line remaining the same throughout. In addition, each line should only have eight syllables. Rather than hack one of my older Kryielles to present an example, Iíve decided to write three quatrains, considered to be the minimum requirement, which follow the original style.

Momís buttons bide in a tin box.
Theyíre from discarded shirts and frocks.
The can was used for confections.
Now, itís memory connections.

Family photos, page by page,
prove we once were of a young age.
Faces donít expose imperfections.
Now, itís memory connections.

The proof is what happens to pass.
A quick glance at a looking glass
can undo headstrong reflections.
Now, itís memory connections.

February 26th, 2011

Reference I
Reference II
Reference III

Now, forget about syllable count because I found many examples which completely ignore this. Forget about the rhyming couplet requirement too. The variations I uncovered revealed alternating rhyme lines and a suggestion that one line could be the odd one out. Even the repeating final line was open for loosely worded interpretations as long as the inference was there.

During my research, which always is via the internet because itís so handy, I discovered a Kyrielle Sonnet! The references Iíve chosen here display a variety of choices a poet can take advantage of.
Kyrielle Sonnet I
Kyrielle Sonnet II
Kyrielle Sonnet III

My final search was done at LitOrg, I could not find any Kyrielle poems (sigh) but did find a Kyrielle Sonnet!
Huniís The Old Manís Silver-tipped Cane

I will be submitting, via the LitOrg line up, at least one of my Kyrielle poems. With so many interpretations of this poetry formula it should be relatively simple to compose one. In fact, I should have begun with the Kyrielle instead of the Villanelle.

One can choose to avoid the LitOrg hopper by posting their Kryielles here if they so desire.

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The following comments are for "Poetry Basics - Kyrielle {easy!}"
by Pen

good info
Thanks Pen, always interesting to learn the "style" of poetry.


( Posted by: BWOz [Member] On: February 28, 2011 )

Lucie! You caught the 'spirit' of the kyrielle too. I've always considered it to be a style for a message ... and delivered in a light hearted manner. I found this to contain both. Loved it.

I noticed you kept to the original eight syllable or I think you did because I didn't 'count' all the lines. You chose the rhyming couplets as well. In addition, what makes this kyrielle even more charming .. is your choice of 'bliss' as the connecting rhyme word. How lovely a word that is. The word almost creates a smile when spoken.
Thank you Lucie.

psst .. did you read Majestic? It looks like 'somebody' wants to sign up for the Limerick! Do you think they're just shy?
Perhaps they feel they need an invitation? :-)

( Posted by: Pen [Member] On: March 1, 2011 )

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