I have been set a challenge (well, I did ask) to write a villanelle on the topic of New Year resolutions. So here goes.
The structure of a villanelle is very rigid and works around just two rhymes, so it's important to choose your first few lines with care. Lines are also repeated so they have to fit with the development of the poem all the way through. Each verse comprises three lines rhyming ABA.
Having said that, the repeat lines do give you a firm structure to work with, which I quite like. I started with a straightforward
January's a time for resolutions new
reckoning that new was easier to rhyme than resolutions! I have decided to write from a school student's point ov view so the resolution might be:
"I'll get my homework in on time."
(Time shouldn't be to hard to rhyme, especially if I accept 'ine' words too.)
And I can finish the verse with a truism:
Easy to say, harder to do.
Given that I have both a pattern and a theme, I now need to come up with the content. In other words, the resolutions the person might make.