Teach Me

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub - Poetry Form: Seguidilla
(posted by Grace)

"The Seguidilla began as a popular dance song of Spain. The verse form was established and branched into variations by the 17th century. It has an alternating long short rhythm."

The Seguidilla is:
• stanzaic, written in any number of 2 part septets. (7 lines)
• syllabic, 7-5-7-5 : 5-7-5 per line. There is a slight pause between
  L4 and L5 suggesting L4 should be end-stopped.
• rhymed by assonance xAxABxB or xAxABAB. x being unrhymed. True
  rhyme is generally not used.
• composed with a volta or change in thought between L4 and L5.
• sometimes serves as a conclusion for another verse.

If you teach me to tango
I'll wear a red rose
in my teeth, and heels that click
We'll have perfect pose.
Ah, but you are leaving me
tomorrow at dawn.
Who will I dance with?  Not thee.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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13 Responses to Teach Me

  1. Helen Dehner says:

    And, it takes two to tango! Delightful romp, Sara.


  2. Zelda Rene says:

    Sad, but well done form.


  3. Ron Rowland says:

    You fully, and successfully, embraced the Spanish dance origins of the form – Bravo!


  4. Not easy when the lover won’t stay… but you might still want to strike that pose just to have fun.


  5. Beverly Crawford says:

    I love your charming ditty, Sara!


  6. A fun tango into the dark of dancing alone. Great use of the form.


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