Kyrielle Sonnet

A Kyrielle Sonnet consists of 3 rhyming quatrains and a non-rhyming couplet for a total of 14 lines. Each line contains 8 syllables. There is a repeating line or phrase that acts as a refrain. This is typically the last line of each stanza. Because French poetry tends to link the end of a poem back to the beginning, it is common to use the 1st & last lines of the 1st quatrain as the ending couplet.

The rhyme scheme is up to the poet. Some recommended patterns are: AabB, ccbB, ddbB, AB -or- AbaB, cbcB, dbdB, AB.


The following link includes an example of a Kyrielle Sonnet:

Snowfall Sunrise by Carrie Page


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