For Thanksgiving Day, I invited the poets in my Dragon Common Room to celebrate each other in verse—specifically, in Swinburne roundels—as a way of giving thanks for the work we have done together these past five months. We have finished our “Dunciad” (a.k.a. “The Centrism Games”) and are waiting for readers’ responses before we revise. So it seemed appropriate to revisit the verse form in which I invited Milo’s chat to celebrate him at the beginning of this year. Can you remember January 2020? It seems a lifetime ago.
HOW TO WRITE A SWINBURNE ROUNDEL
11 lines—nine lines having the same number of syllables, plus a refrain after the third and last lines. The refrain must be identical with the beginning of the first line AND rhyme with the second line.
Rhyme scheme: A B A R / B A B / A B A R, where R=first half of line 1, rhyming with B