Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Let Them Go

I am gratified to report that the Society of Classical Poets has published my first villanelle titled 'Let Them Go.'

You may read it here:

The Society of Classical Poets is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2012 as a group of poets dedicated to the revival and proliferation of good, new poetry.

They are not shy about their lofty goals.  Their mission is to "...preserve humankind’s artistic traditions; to reestablish poetry as one of the most widely appreciated forms of literature, communication, and entertainment; to increase appreciation of centuries of rhyming or metered poetry; to support poets who apply classical techniques in modern poetry through publication and performance opportunities and awards; and to aid in language arts education that imbues high moral fiber and good character."

Your Dose of Education

The Academy of American Poets says this about the villanelle: 
"During the Renaissance, the villanella and villancico (from the Italian villano, 
or peasant) were Italian and Spanish dance-songs. French poets who called their 
poems “villanelle” did not follow any specific schemes, rhymes, or refrains. Rather, 
the title implied that, like the Italian and Spanish dance-songs, their poems spoke 
of simple, often pastoral or rustic themes."

~Mick, S.D.G.

Image: The Pybus family, c.1769 (The National Gallery of Victoria)