Stay With Me … A VILLANELLE

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‘The Heart Of The Rose’ … Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones … Oil on canvas – 1889

A  VALENTINE  VILLANELLE

Stay with me to the end of time
Relive with me those joys now past
I want you always to be mine

To be together is no crime
It’s not for nothing I have asked
Stay with me to the end of time

You are my life’s eternal sunshine
To you I will remain steadfast
I want you always to be mine

This poetry for you I rhyme
With you alone I’m not downcast
Stay with me to the end of time

For you alone I give a lifetime
Our love will life itself outlast
I want you always to be mine

To heights of wonder we will climb
And when we reach the top I ask
Stay with me to the end of time
I want you always to be mine

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VILLANELLE

A Villanelle is a nineteen-line poem, usually pastoral or lyrical in content, with only two rhymes throughout, consisting of a very specific rhyming scheme:
 aba      aba      aba      aba      aba      abaa.

The poem’s format is also strictly regulated.  The first and the third lines in the first stanza are repeated in alternating order throughout the poem, and appear together in the last couplet as the last two lines.    

One of the most famous Villanelles is “Do not go Gentle into that Good Night” by Dylan Thomas

Notes quoted from:  ‘SHADOW POETRY’ @ . . .   SHADOW POETRY

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A 19th Century Victorian Valentine  – Photo: WHB

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9 thoughts on “Stay With Me … A VILLANELLE

  1. Lovely poem and pic of Valentine card. Had the treat of owning a great collection of some very old ones. Beautiful intricate pictures with few words.

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