Water Poetry 3: The Villanelle

This is part 3 of a series of poems about bodies of water. Each poem is written in the form of a popular poetic style native to that body of water. In Water Poetry 1, I wrote a haiku about the Tama River in Japan and how it resembled the stream of people in a busy train station. In Water Poetry 2, I wrote a sonnet about London’s Thames River, putting the river’s long history into perspective against the London bombings and corporate greed. Water Poetry 4 riffs on the San Francisco Bay. Water Poetry 5 is a sijo about the Han River.

This post is about Paris’s Seine River, written in a villanelle.

la seine

Although it’s known as a French poetic form, there are probably more villanelles written in English. Continue reading