Villanelle Poems: Definition, Form & Examples


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Which poem is an example of a villanelle?

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1. How many lines total does a villanelle have?

2. What is the difference between a tercet and a quatrain?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Within the lines of a villanelle, there are two refrains, two differently sized stanzas, and a complex rhyme scheme. It is no small challenge to create a poem that sounds natural and meaningful within the constraints of this form, but the results are worth the effort. Use this interactive quiz and worksheet to focus in on the structure of a villanelle, and analyze how the form can support or enhance a poem's meaning.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be tested on:

  • Details about the structure of a villanelle
  • Difference between a tercet and a quatrain
  • A poem by Dylan Thomas
  • Example(s) of a villanelle

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most significant information about the form of a villanelle
  • Information recall - access the knowledge gained about how a villanelle is designed and the impact of applying form to poetry in Dylan Thomas' poem
  • Knowledge application - _ use your knowledge to answer questions about the structure and examples of villanelles

Additional Learning

To learn more about the form of a villanelle, review the accompanying lesson, Villanelle Poems: Definition, Form & Examples. The objectives addressed include:

  • Define key terms such as refrain, and apply them to understanding of the villanelle form
  • Recognize the rhyme scheme of a villanelle
  • Analyze the structure of a villanelle using Dylan Thomas' 'Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night'
  • Understand the aesthetic impact of the constraints in a villanelle
  • Know how and why poets use the villanelle form to emphasize and impact meaning