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What is a Rondeau?

A Rondeau is a short poem consisting of fifteen lines that have two rhymes throughout. The first few words or phrase from the first line are repeated twice in the poem as a refrain.

Example – A Rondeau poem - The capital A is the refrain and sentence it is taken from

In Summertime we do not go a
To school for weeks and weeks, no no! a
We take a day trip to the beach b
And buy ourselves an ice cream each b
We run into the surf that's low a
Get seaweed wrapped around our toes a
While others sunbathe on a throw a
We build sandcastles tides can't reach b
In Summertime. A
As the light warm breeze begins to blow a
And our hunger begins to grow a
From the picnic I grab a peach b
'Let's stay longer' I do beseech b
As the sun sets the sky does glow a
In Summertime. A


Why don't you try writing a Rondeau poem and enter it into one of our poetry competitions.

For information on poetry types other than a Rondeau poem visit our poetry glossary – poetry types.

Poetry Types

Acrostic Epigram Lyric Shakespearean Sonnet
Ballad Free verse Ottava rima Sonnet
Ballade Haiku Pantoum Tanka Poem
Blank verse Horatian Ode Pindaric Ode Terza rima
Cinquain Irregular Ode Riddle Tetractys
Diamante Kennings Rondeau Triolet
Echo Verse Kyrielle Senryu Tyburn
Epic Limerick Shape Poem  
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