J’ai perdu ma tourterelle

The definition of a Villanelle is as follows:

a nineteen-line poem with two rhymes throughout, consisting of five tercets and a quatrain, with the first and third lines of the opening tercet recurring alternately at the end of the other tercets and with both repeated at the close of the concluding quatrain

Hence the designation of this poem by sixteenth century French poet Jean Passerat. I posted another example of this form on November 26th 2015, from the twentieth century English poet, WH Auden, also, in that posy, drawing attention to the definition of the form. See which one you think works best.

Jean Passerat (1534–†1602)
J’AI perdu ma tourterelle;

Est-ce point celle que j’oy?

Je veux aller après elle.
Tu regrettes ta femelle,

Hélas! aussi fais-je moy.
J’ai perdu ma tourterelle.
Si ton amour est fidelle,

Aussi est ferme ma foy;

Je veux aller après elle.
Ta plainte se renouvelle,
Toujours plaindre je me doy;

J’ai perdu ma tourterelle.
En ne voyant plus la belle,

Plus rien de beau je ne voy;

Je veux aller après elle.


Mort, que tant de fois j’appelle,

Prends ce qui se donne à toy!

J’ai perdu ma tourterelle;

Je veux aller après elle.
From <http://www.bartleby.com/244/115.html&gt;


The poet has lost his turtle-dove (his lover). He misses her and wants to go after her, nothing is more beautiful.

Simple really…

The Poetry Dude


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