BALLADE

The Ballade is a French form composed of three stanzas of eight lines and an envoy of four lines, with the last line of each stanza a refrain. It is usually iambic and the most common line lengths are eight or ten syllables. The rhyme scheme is ababbcbC ababbcbC ababbcbC bcbC.


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Beseeching My Muse

Immortal sisters please help me
there are so many words to choose.
Help, I beseech you, hear my plea
I need guidance from you my Muse.
Get me started, give me some clues
lead with purpose, give me a goal.
With you at my side I can't lose,
you inspire and uplift my soul.

Help me find creativity
in letters and words that I use.
When I write verse and poetry
look over my work, give reviews.
Some words I tend to overuse,
to make the right choice, and enthuse.
You inspire and uplift my soul.

I hear orchestral melody,
it's a performance to infuse,
sweet voices all in harmony
I stay to linger and peruse.
More than delighted at the news
you Muses are making me whole,
I'll write and soon have no excuse.
You inspire and uplift my soul.

I read and sometimes wonder who's
been writing the words on my scroll.
Calliope, I thank you and Zeus.
You inspire and uplift my soul.