Learn More

William Ernest Henley

(1849 - 1902 / Gloucester / England)

Villanelle


A dainty thing's the Villanelle.
Sly, musical, a jewel in rhyme,
It serves its purpose passing well.

A doublc-clappered silver bell
That must be made to clink in chime,
A dainty thing's the Villanelle;

And if you wish to flute a spell,
Or ask a meeting 'neath the lime,
It serves its purpose passing well.

You must not ask of it the swell
Of organs grandiose and sublime-
A dainty thing's the Villanelle;

And, filled with sweetness, as a shell
Is filled with sound, and launched in time,
It serves its purpose passing well.

Still fair to see and good to smell
As in the quaintness of its prime,
A dainty thing's the Villanelle,
It serves its purpose passing well.

Submitted: Monday, April 12, 2010

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Villanelle by William Ernest Henley )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Jugnoo, Harivansh Rai Bachchan
  3. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  4. Death is Nothing at All, Henry Scott Holland
  5. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  6. The Saddest Poem, Pablo Neruda
  7. Winter Solstice, Jacqueline C Nash
  8. Nothing Gold Can Stay, Robert Frost
  9. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  10. Invictus, William Ernest Henley

Poem of the Day

poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti

A little while a little love
The hour yet bears for thee and me
Who have not drawn the veil to see
If still our heaven be lit above.
Thou merely, at the day's last sigh,
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. A Quick Message, Michael P. McParland
  2. Normality, A Fatal Mistake, Mutasem I. Amayreh
  3. My Community, Mutasem I. Amayreh
  4. A Precious Love, Michael P. McParland
  5. Motherly Love, Mutasem I. Amayreh
  6. Melancholic Life Span, Mutasem I. Amayreh
  7. Man Has Dominion, Mutasem I. Amayreh
  8. A Plea, Michael P. McParland
  9. Love As Dry As Bone, Mutasem I. Amayreh
  10. A Million Kisses, Michael P. McParland
[Hata Bildir]