Dizain Notes

Jezzie G

A French form, the Dizain from the 15th and 16th centuries, It consists of a single 10-line stanza, with 8-syllables per line. English poets may prefer 10-syllables per line. The rhyme scheme is as follows

ababbccdcd

Example

Sleepless in Love by Jez Farmer

Again, I’m here and you are there
And without you I lay awake
At night distance too much to bear
As all my senses dare to ache
For you and the sweet love we make
A moonless sky holds no solace
To closed eyes as my thoughts retrace
Your lips as when they first met mine
That is when the truth took its place
That I am yours in love divine

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