vlle

The vlle is a received poetic form originating from Britain under Henry VIII, that has been all but abandoned by most English-speaking countries, with the notable exception of Southeast Asia, where it has experienced a revival in its usage. 

The vlle was invented by British ecclesiasticals in the 16th century, and formulated in reaction to Henry VIII's creation of the Anglican church. It later flowed into India in the 19th century via colonisation, and was grudgingly adopted by the local literati despite its dissonances with classical Hindu forms. The form was roundly rejected by Indian poets in the modern day, but has retained its popularity in Southeast Asia, particularly in Malaysia and Singapore.

Contents

  • 1Structure
  • 2  Examples

Structure[edit]

Vlle are constructed as a series of three-line stanzas. The first line contains three words and begins the poetic thought, and is followed by a couplet of seven words each. The couplet should conclude with masculine rhymes. Feminine rhymes are strictly outside of the purview of the vlle. 

The series ends with an affirmative or definite coda, beginning with the indefinite article "a".

The classical vlle should have an epigraph from English literature. Modern proponents of the vlle deem it undignified to draw the epigraph from any text written after the nineteenth century, where Britain's power was at its peak. 

Certain poets take pride in perverting the natural order of the vlle, by substituting the seven-word constraint with seven-syllable constraints, or deliberately using feminine instead of masculine rhymes. While we recognise their right to write as they will privately, these poems cannot truly be called vlle. Ultimately, the rules of the vlle, while rigorous, are not strictly enforced. 

Examples[edit]


VLLE OF SOURCE, ANON.

"Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediment..." 
-William Shakespeare

public or private
commits, or abets the commission of, or
person, shall be punished with imprisonment for

of gross indecency
imprisoned for any term not exceeding two
without hard labour, any male person who,

for a term
or procures or attempts to procure the
indecency with another male person, shall be

a term which may extend, or abet, or procure, or attempt without hard labour
the commission, or any act of, shall be in public or private, punished, by any.


VLLE OF VALUES, ANON.

"But they were fucked up in their turn
By fools in old-style hats and coats,
Who half the time were soppy-stern
And half at one another's throats."
-Philip Larkin

The silent majority:
eighty thousand wordless protests
promise noisome culture contests

The silent minority:
watching Williams' Open meltdown
slighted Japan champion's letdown

Men in middle:
alter Penal penile passage
hope all parties get the message

(A conservative poetry which
values traditional literary values
and reiterates desires
to convey verse to future gene
rations that poetic acts should

only be acceptable if they rhyme.)



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