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Villanelle for the Middle of the Way

Anne Ridler


Villanelle for the Middle of the Way

Anne Ridler


Poem introduction

'Villanelle for the Middle of the Way'. This poem was written in the strict form where you have two rhyming lines and a third between them, which are repeated all the way through the poem with other rhymes added to them and in attempting to write a villanelle, I always thought of T S Eliot saying that sometimes for the release of the deepest and most secret feeling, to use a very strict form is a help, because you concentrate on the technical difficulties of mastering the form, and allow the content of the poem a more unconscious and freer release.

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