Well… Charlotte requested a villanelle (click here to learn more) and I will admit, when the request came in I almost ignored it. I find these tremendously difficult because of the repetition of the end rhyme and of the first and third lines of the first tercet, holy cow! It always seems quite monotonous. Dylan Thomas pulled it off well with, “do not go gently…” Mere mortals like me, however, must work to even sound sensible. This poem represents about two hours worth of work and I will tell you, I don’t love it. Yet, I don’t hate it either. If you want to revise or improve upon this… do so in the comments.
The villanous Villanelle: