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The kyrielle is an old French form used originally by the Troubadors during the Renaissance era. It was named after the kyrie, an aspect of the Christian liturgy. Kyrie is a derivative of kyrios, a Greek word meaning “Oh, Lord.” The Kyrie Eleison was instituted by the Catholic church as a liturgical form of worship and involves a congregational chanting of the words, “Lord, have mercy.” Consequently, many early kyrielles used the phrase throughout the poetic form as an homage to the Christian liturgy.
While The kyrielle is a single form, it does have variants. Traditionally, kyrielles have been written in quatrains, but a variant of the form can have it in couplets. The usual rhyme scheme follows this pattern:
Other rhyme schemes are:
The B in all of the above schemes are the repeating lines.
Another variation of the kyrie is the kyrielle sonnet, a 14-line poem written with three quatrains followed by a couplet.
While there is quite a bit of variation in the rhyme scheme of the kyrielle, the meter is more set. Originally, kyrielles were octosyllabic – that is, written in eight metrical feet. In English, the meter is iambic tetrameter.
I will deviate from the original use of the Kyrielle which had all poems in this form relating only to religion. Choose any topic you like that has a strong repeating word.
I would include an example but all that I found had errors in them so it's up to you to create the perfect ones!
As a side note, I can mention rhyme schemes, Iambic tetrameter, quatrains and any other poetic descriptions I choose...and you all know what I'm talking about! A year ago, I would have been greeted with a chorus of HUH?'s. Many of you have come a long way. Hats off to you!