Purple sunsets | Villanelle Poetry | Creative Writing

Life stands still when the sunset glows,
whispering promises of a day new,
in your warm embrace, our love bestows.

Colors swirl in a passionate Tango,
a splash of tangerine and purple hue,
life stands still when the sunset glows.

Poplars stand bare, and so do Willows,
time for Camellias to bloom anew,
in your warm embrace, our love bestows.

The chirping of birds reaches a crescendo
hypnotic drone of a didgeridoo,
life stands still when the sunset glows.

A gibbous moon reminds us to let go,
or how else would we still continue?
in your warm embrace, our love bestows.

And thus light paves the way for long shadows,
your gentle words come to my rescue,
life stands still when the sunset glows,
in your warm embrace, our love bestows.

Poetry Type: Villanelle

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purple sky sunset in Sydney
Sunset from my backyard

Sydney’s sunsets are both dramatic and poetic, painting the sky with vibrant hues that captivate and inspire awe in all who witness them. Whether I am relaxing at home or driving on busy roads, I can’t escape the marvel that goes up above. Not that I am complaining. πŸ™‚

red and pink clouds sunset in sydney
A fiery red sky at sunset in Sydney
red and pink sunset in sydney

I tried my hand at Villanelle poetry type after many years. I was so bad at writing it that it took me hours (spread across 3 days) to correct the rhyme scheme without making the verses sound forced. Well, it is far from perfect, but I had to stop refining it at some point, so this is it. πŸ™‚

Below are the rules for writing a Villanelle poetry type.

A villanelle is a 19-line poetic form consisting of five tercets (three-line stanzas) followed by a quatrain (four-line stanza). The structure of a villanelle is characterized by its specific rhyme scheme and the repetition of two refrains. Here are the key features of a villanelle:

  1. Structure:
    • Five tercets (A-B-A)
    • One quatrain (A-B-A-A)
  2. Rhyme Scheme:
    • The rhyme scheme is ABA for the tercets and ABAA for the quatrain.
  3. Refrain:
    • The first line of the poem is repeated as the last line of the second and fourth tercets.
    • The third line of the poem is repeated as the last line of the third and fifth tercets.
    • Both refrains appear as the final two lines of the quatrain.
  4. Meter:
    • While not strict about meter, villanelles are often written in iambic pentameter.

The repeated lines and interlocking rhyme scheme create a musical and hypnotic effect, often lending a sense of obsession or intense emotion to the poem. One of the most famous examples of a villanelle is “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas.

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villanelle poetry type on sunset and love

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One thought on “Purple sunsets | Villanelle Poetry | Creative Writing

  1. Your sunset villanelle is lovely! The imagery is vivid and the repetition creates a beautiful rhythm. Don’t be discouraged, villanelles can be tricky. You captured the essence perfectly.

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