This poem, in its first published form is by the English poet and painter, William Blake (1757-1827). Blake was not highly recognised during his lifetime but is now regarded as a leading poet and painter of the Romantic Period. As an important printmaker, Blake, as he did for many others of his poems, produced the decoration himself. The poem discusses human and divine understanding and compassion. It was first published in 1789 as the last song in the ‘Songs of Innocence’ section, part of the collection ‘Songs of Innocence and of Experience’.
The RONDELET is a poetic form originating in France. It consists of a single septet (7 lines) with just two rhymes and one repeating refrain, in the fom of: AbAabbA. (The capital letters represent the repeats. The 3 refrains (A) are written in tetra-syllabic (dimeter) and the other lines are twice as long, these being octasyllabic (tetrameter).
Below I print three of my attempts at constructing a RONDELET – all on the subject of ‘PARTING’ . . .
Tell me to go I know at last that we are through Tell me to go The damage is to all on show And time is up for me and you Better move on to pastures new Tell me to go
ON PARTING … 2
But now we part I know I’ll miss your every kiss But now we part The hurt has caused my broken heart I am not given to reminisce But your embrace I know I’ll miss But now we part
ON PARTING … 3
(A similar form, but not strictly a Rondelet, the lines of the refrain being in trimeter ! )
Love me or let me go The hurt is more than I can bear Love me or let me go Stop dealing me that parting blow You tease and tempt my heart to ensnare Without a thought to commit or share Love me or let me go
The description, with examples, of this poetic form can be found on the : ‘Shadow Poetry’ website