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The poem below was written many years ago as part of Carolyn Mamchur's first ever online course, Teaching Writing, at Simon Fraser University.

The poem is a villanelle. Can you find the repeating patterns and guess the rules? The most famous villanelle: Dylan Thomas's "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night."

 

Thoughts on Paper Reaching Out to Delight

Painting and sculpting with words sometimes right,
Exploring dark places, returning to play.
Thoughts on paper reaching out to delight.

Fighting for words late into the night.
Trapped by meanings, a prisonerís day.
Painting and sculpting with words sometimes right.

Then forest glowing, a beautiful sight:
Single tree stands caught, a glimmering ray.
Thoughts on paper reaching out to delight.

Lovers, old friends, all reach out to excite.
Woven in writing with hopes to convey,
Painting and sculpting with words sometimes right.

Sestinas, and sonnets shedding faint light,
Past memories mingle with something today.
Thoughts on paper reaching out to delight.

Wondering, seeking those fleeting insights,
Villanelle holds them, shows meaning the way
Painting and sculpting with words sometimes right;
Thoughts on paper reaching out to delight.

óBrad Hyde (1995)

 

 

 

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