Paradelle for Billy Collins

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NOTE: The paradelle is one of the more demanding French fixed forms, first appearing in the langue d’oc love poetry of the eleventh century. It is a poem of four six-line stanzas in which the first and second lines, as well as the third and fourth lines of the first three stanzas, must be identical. The fifth and sixth lines, which traditionally resolve these stanzas, must use all the words from the preceding lines and only those words. Similarly, the final stanza must use every word from all the preceding stanzas and only those words.

For more on Collins’ joke of the paradelle see its Wikipedia entry:

Genres: Poetry, Cyberpunk, Horror

Tags: collinscontest paradelle billy collins humor fixed forms

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over 5 years ago Saffron Middleton said: Hey if u want a little gossip join this group ( its new so there wont be a lot of gils , but im sure there will

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over 6 years ago Polly Oliver said:

Well, that's hurtful. I may have come up with this idea later than you, if you had the idea first, but I did come up with it independently. And anyway, it was Billy Collins's idea first, after all. We're both making homage to him.


over 6 years ago Taylor said:

Yeah thanks for taking my exact idea from the exact same inspiration and posting it! Get some originality. This is creative writing, be more creative.


over 6 years ago Naheed Muqeetulla said:

This was refreshingly different! Thanks for the great read! :)

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