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Traits of a Villanelle (Grades 11-12)

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Traits of a Villanelle

Instructions: These questions focus on the format of the Villanelle. Read the Villanelle "Villanelle of His Lady's Treasures" by Ernest Christopher Dowson. Use your knowledge of the Villanelle format to answer the questions.

Villanelle of His Lady's Treasures
by Ernest Christopher Dowson

I took her dainty eyes, as well
As silken tendrils of her hair:
And so I made a Villanelle!

I took her voice, a silver bell,
As clear as song, as soft as prayer;
I took her dainty eyes as well.

It may be, said I, who can tell,
These things shall be my less despair?
And so I made a Villanelle!

I took her whiteness virginal
And from her cheek two roses rare:
I took her dainty eyes as well.

I said: "It may be possible
Her image from my heart to tear!"
And so I made a Villanelle.

I stole her laugh, most musical:
I wrought it in with artful care;
I took her dainty eyes as well;
And so I made a Villanelle.
1. 
How many lines does "Villanelle of His Lady's Treasures" have?
  1. 13
  2. 15
  3. 19
  4. 21
2. 
How is the poem "Villanelle of His Lady's Treasures" organized?
  1. six quatrains
  2. five tercets and a quatrain
  3. six tercets
  4. five quatrains and a tercet
3. 
Which words represent the rhyme scheme in "Villanelle of His Lady's Treasures"?
  1. sell
  2. happy
  3. care
  4. mold
4. 
Which choice represents the rhyme scheme of "Villanelle of His Lady's Treasures"?
  1. aba aba aba aba aba abaa
  2. abb abb abb abb abb aabb
  3. aba cdc aba cdc aba abcd
  4. abba abba abba abba abba cdcd
5. 
Which choice best represents a refrain in "Villanelle of His Lady's Treasures"?
  1. I took her voice, a silver bell
  2. And from her cheek two roses rare
  3. And so I made a Villanelle
  4. I stole her laugh, most musical

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