Roundelay: Yule-Tide

Christmas tree at midnight

Christmas tree at midnight

Roundelay

Yule-Tide

‘Tis time to look at the world and cheer,
This the happiest time of the long year…
When snow and darkness seem so deep,
And all the world seems cold and dead.
For now the year begins to grow
As the sun yet, lies in the sky so low.

When snow and darkness seem so deep…
And all the world seems cold and dead,
We’ll light the log of sweet Yule-tide,
Roast our chestnuts and sing brightly…
Remembering spring, so close to us
As the sun yet, lies in the sky so low.

We’ll light the log of sweet Yule-tide,
Roast our chestnuts and sing brightly…
With our loved ones with our kin,
We augur the new year to begin…
Remembering spring, so close to us,
As the sun yet, lies in the sky so low.

With our loved ones with our kin,
We augur the new year to begin.
We’ll Feast and make the cold ice king fly!
Let’s sing our songs to the Eastern sky!
To the dawn of the year that’s begun to grow…
As the sun yet, lies in the sky so low.

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Roundelay

Vole (Fount of Poetic Wisdom) says that

“the roundelay is quite different from the rondelet, despite the names sounding so similar. It is also different from the roundel, the rondel, the rondine, the rondeau and the rondeau redoublé. These forms all evolved from a common ancestor, hence the similar names. The modern forms are all fixed and tightly defined, but in times past the word roundelay was used in other ways, sometimes as a general term for any kind of lyric.”

In the roundelay, most of the lines are repeated!  There are 24 lines in the poem, but only 12 lines are different.  Vole describes it as ABR/BCR/CDR/DER, where each letter is a rhyming couplet and “R” is the refrain (which is also a rhyming couplet).

The meter is trochaic tetrameter (for example, “By the shores of Gitche Gumee”).  He says that it is permissible for some lines to be a syllable short.

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I have to admit…I didn’t really count my syllables…I did a tum-ti-dum-ti-dum-di-dum sort of beat in my head…I found this form at “Blog it or Lose It”  and it was written for Blog Festivus 2013, which you may want to go look at for lots of great reading…this year it’s dedicated to Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol!  Here I’ve broken the poem down into colors, a trick I learnt from Cubby at Reowr, in order to help those who’d like to try the form follow the pattern.  Hopefully there are no typos…but if there are…just tell me an I’ll fix it!

Yule-Tide

‘Tis time to look at the world and cheer,
This the happiest time of the long year…
When snow and darkness seem so deep,
And all the world seems cold and dead.
For now the year begins to grow
As the sun yet, lies in the sky so low.

When snow and darkness seem so deep
And all the world seems cold and dead,
We’ll light the log of sweet Yule-tide,
Roast our chestnuts and sing brightly…
Remembering spring, so close to us
As the sun yet, lies in the sky so low.

We’ll light the log of sweet Yule-tide,
Roast our chestnuts and sing brightly…
With our loved ones with our kin,
We augur the new year to begin…
Remembering spring, so close to us,
As the sun yet, lies in the sky so low.

With our loved ones with our kin,
We augur the new year to begin.
We’ll Feast and make the cold ice king fly!
Let’s sing our songs to the Eastern sky!
To the dawn of the year that’s begun to grow…
As the sun yet, lies in the sky so low.

If anyone would like to try this interesting form, I’d really enjoy reading it and if you like I’ll put your poem and a link to your blog on this one so as to spread the cheer!

Happy Yule-tide to all my neo-pagan friends and may your days be forever sunnier!

Bastet!

J. Milburn at Writing to b Noticed wrote: Krampus? Seriously?

Are the children being a cuss?
Running, screaming, pure avarice?
Let them know about the Krampus,
And see how fast they turn from vice!
All the kids, they know Nicholas;
That jolly elf is just too nice!

Let them know about the Krampus,
And see how fast they turn from vice!
Crying child throws a fit and fuss?
Tell the tale full of chills and ice.
All the kids, they know Nicholas;
That jolly elf is just too nice!

Crying child throws a fit and fuss?
Tell the tale full of chills and ice.

Scar the psyche with little muss;
make the little dears ponder thrice.
All the kids, they know Nicholas;
That jolly elf is just too nice!

Scar the psyche with little muss;
make the little dears ponder thrice.
If you do this, I’m serious:
I hope you come down with head-lice!
All the kids, they know Nicholas;
That jolly elf is just too nice!

16 thoughts on “Roundelay: Yule-Tide

  1. Pingback: Roundelay: Yule-Tide | Poet's Corner

    • And a top of morning to you dear lady! Thanks so much for your kind words…I cheated..I took th original poem and broke it down like I did with mine here into colors…so it became so much easier. In truth, the poem actually only has 12 original lines…the other 12 are repeats! It’s a lovely form and seemed so right for what I wanted to write this morning. Hope the snow is laying low! I’ll try to do some reading shortly, want to see what you’ve been up to!

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          • It should stop by Tuesday….I am going to send my list to my son and see if he can get it for me. He is off work until early January since he teaches. I feel kinda guilty now that he is not dating that new girl and the day before I learned this I booked my trip to Toronto…but I guess that’s being silly…he wants to be with friends. A mom worrying can be such a pain.

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          • Sorry but I’m missing what’s on your list that your son might get you…know the feeling when you think you should be there at a particullary delicate moment…of course, they rarely if ever ask, and yes, they do want to be with friends…have fun in Toronto.

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  3. This is wonderful! I love it! You’ve done very well with the form.

    It’s a wonderful reminder too… Because the darkness is beginning to get a bit old. Need. Sun. Now! 😉

    Thanks for the link, too. 🙂

    Do you think you’ll write more of these?

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