The Rondo is a poem in which a theme or several themes are repeated over
and over at several points in the poem.
Each eight-line stanza follows a set pattern in which lines 1, 4, and 7 are the
same, lines 2 and 8 are the same, and lines 3, 5, and 6 are different. Lines 3,
5, and 6 should link the repeated lines by describing an image or feeling
elicited by the images they contain.
Try to make use of both image and emotion. Minor variations, such as
omission of one or two words, are permitted.
1. It was a simple song
2. Tinged with rain
3. And shadows
4. A simple song
5. That cut him free
6. To sing
7. A simple song
8. Tinged with rain
As a variation, you can carry one of the lines (3, 5, or 6) from the first stanza
forward into stanza two to create a thread that runs through your poem.