KYRIELLE


The Kyrielle is a French form written in quatrains. Each quatrain contains a repeated line or phrase as a refrain. It has a meter usually composed of eight syllables per line but it can be varied. There is no limit to the number of stanzas, but three is generally the minumum.

The normal structure is a/a/b/B, c/c/b/B, d/d/b/B. with B being the repeated line.

A varied structure could be a/b/a/B, c/b/c/B, d/b/d/B. etc.

or even a second line that did not rhyme at all. a/e/a/Z etc.



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Thank You Jane

We've known each other many years
Had lots of laughs and cried some tears
Our separate lives just seem to blend
Thank you for being my best friend

You've shared my joy and felt my pain
When I went mad you made me sane
If I'm confused you comprehend
Thank you for being my best friend

When you're in need you ask for me
You treat me like I'm family
My honour you always defend
Thank you for being my best friend

For you I have so much respect
I know my feeling is correct
You never judge or condescend
Thank you for being my best friend

We've known each other many years
Had lots of laughs and cried some tears
Our separate lives just seem to blend
Thank you for being my best friend



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You Make Me Cry

When I wake up you start to scoff
You pick on me and tell me off
You always seem to make me cry
You find a fault to amplify

I find it very difficult
To turn and ignore your insult
"I'm not perfect" I reply
You find a fault to amplify


Our own pursuits we then resume
It's mostly in a different room
In interests we diversify
You find a fault to amplify

Will it continue, will it end
Will we make up or just pretend
For now sing me a lullaby
Don't find a fault to amplify