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What Is A Smile: a rondelet poem about smiles. How to write a rondelet.

Updated: Jun 26, 2023

Poetry forms and schemes can be inspirational to explore; they can help you mine forgotten feelings and hidden thoughts. Of course, poetry is so much more than a mere exercise of logic and pattern but rhyming schemes can help you unleash your musings in a tight, directed way that makes you choose your limited words wisely.


Sometimes, I find solace in their rules. Sometimes, I want to be rebel and go free verse all the way.


See below for my rondelet poem about smiles, followed by a guide of how to write one.


What Is A Smile?


What is a smile?

A flash of pride you cannot hide?

What is a smile?

A glimpse of guile? A waning while?

A mask? A lie? A plea? A guide?

A sign of how you feel inside?

What is a smile?


Mark Bird




How to write a rondelet:


A rondelet has seven lines. Like Haikus, Tankas and Cinquains the amount of syllables in each line are key. Rondelets also need a strong refrain. I also added some internal rhymes but you don't have to.


Their rhyming scheme is AbAabbA


Refrain: Lines that repeat

Internal rhymes: Words they rhyme within a line of poetry




What Is A Smile?


A. What is a smile? (Line 1: four syllables)

b. A flash of pride you cannot hide? (Line 2: 8 syllables)

A. What is a smile? (Repeats line 1)

a. A glimpse of guile? A waning while? (8 syllables, rhymes with line 1)

b. A mask? A lie? A plea? A guide? (8 syllables, rhymes with line 2)

b. A sign of how you feel inside? (8 syllables, rhymes with line 2)

A. What is a smile? (Repeats line 1)


Mark Bird



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How to write a rondelet poem.





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