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William Ernest Henley

Gloucester / England
William Ernest Henley
Gloucester / England

A Dainty Thing's The Villanelle

Rating: 2.5
A DAINTY thing's the Villanelle,
Sly, musical, a jewel in rhyme,
It serves its purpose passing well.
A double-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.
Monday, April 12, 2010
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COMMENTS
L Milton Hankins 01 September 2020
I loved the flow of this dainty villanelle, exceptionally well-crafted with carefully chosen rhymes.
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Nice poem about a style of poetry....
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