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A Century of Roundels

Algernon Charles Swinburne

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Description:

A roundel (not to be confused with the rondel) is a form of verse used in English language poetry devised by Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837–1909). It is a variation of the French rondeau form. It makes use of refrains, repeated according to a certain stylized pattern. A roundel consists of nine lines each having the same number of syllables, plus a refrain after the third line and after the last line. The refrain must be identical with the beginning of the first line: it may be a half-line, and rhymes with the second line. It has three stanzas and its rhyme scheme is as follows: A B A R ; B A B ; A B A R ; where R is the refrain. Swinburne had published a book A Century of Roundels. He dedicated these poems to his friend Christina Rossetti, who then started writing roundels herself, as evidenced by the following examples from her anthology of poetry: Wife to Husband; A Better Resurrection; A Life's Parallels; Today for me; It is finished; From Metastasio. (Summary by wikipedia)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

1h 19m


Chapters

Free Sample

01:00

Introduction
Introduction

01:26


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:05


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:04


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

01:13


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:01


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

02:07


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:10


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

01:21


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:06


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

02:52


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:35


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:21


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

01:46


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

01:27


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

01:19


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

01:05


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:50


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

02:05


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

01:14


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

01:14


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

01:13


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:30


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

02:38


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

00:58


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

02:35


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

02:16


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

01:01


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

01:20


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

01:10


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

00:57


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

01:08


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

01:15


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

02:21


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:12


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

02:33


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

01:06


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

01:08


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

02:00


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

01:21


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

01:12


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

01:19