Lauranelle Poetry


The Lauranelle was created by Laura Lamarca. It is a combination of the Villanelle and Terzanelle poetry forms. Lauranelle's are made up of 22 lines of iambic pentameter (10 syllables alternating unstressed then stressed). Lines 1 and 3 are repeated at the end of the poem in lines 21 and 22 respectively. The first 6 stanzas are tercets with rhyming first and third lines. The second line of the tercet should rhyme with the first line of the next tercet (aba bcb cdc ded efe fgf). Finally, the last four lines make up a quatrain with the repeated lines (ggaa).

My Tips, Tricks, & Opinions

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I've never tried to write a Terzanelle—that's still on my to do list—but I have attempted the Villanelle. The hardest thing about a Villanelle is choosing the right word for the end of a line, because you know most of the poem has to rhyme with that one word. The Terzanelle eliminates this problem, but it adds the problem of iambic pentameter. I've always struggled with iambic meter. As a southerner, I find I often pronounce words differently which throws off my stresses. For me it takes a while to get into writing iambs, particularly in pentameter (it never fails that my "complete" line only has 8 syllables). Luckily, iambic pentameter in tercets feels a little easier than iambic pentameter in couplets. For me, this is one of the trickier types, but I did like the challenge.

What I Don't Like

This is one of the styles I need lots of criticism on. Content gets lost as I struggle to keep up with both the rhyme scheme and the meter. Before I could feel comfortable with this type I think I would need an "expert" critiquing the basic style so I could concentrate on content. Overall I think this is an interesting style and perhaps as I have more time I'll perfect my iambic pentameter for this style. In the mean time, I'll probably be leaving this style on the shelf.


Coming Soon


  1. Lawrencealot. "Lauranelle". All Poetry; visited August 2014
  2. "Lauranelle". Shadow Poetry; visited August 2014
  3. Lawrence Eberhart. "Lauranelle". Poets Collective. February 24, 2013

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