Poetic Form: The Madrigal

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

The Madrigal’s English form was developed by Geoffrey Chaucer. The Italian form varies so much, from what I’ve read, that it’s hard to really describe it as a form to me. Maybe the rules make more sense in Italian but sadly I don’t understand it so we’ll stick to the English version. It is usually written in iambic pentameter, composed of three stanzas: a tercet, quatrain, and sestet, and all three of the lines in the opening tercet are refrains. The rhyme scheme will look like this:

Line 1: A
Line 2: B1
Line 3: B2

Line 4: a
Line 5: b
Line 6: A
Line 7: B1

Line 8: a
Line 9: b
Line 10: b
Line 11: A
Line 12: B1
Line 13: B2

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

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