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Inside the hemispheres of ecstasy A brainchild is easier to achieve. Let us link up the parts and prophesy: Maybe then? Will we conceive?

Approach:

1. For best results, pick a topic that can be analyzed in three parts (one per stanza) and then summed up or concluded in the envoy.

2. Consider end words that yield lots of rhymes because the ballade only operates on three through twenty eight lines.

3. Pick rhyme words that enhance the topic or suggest lines in keeping with the topic. Don't be afraid to slant rhyme, if necessary. Use a thesaurus and rhyming dictionary to help isolate rhymes.

4. Write your repeating line C first. You want to fashion a line that can be used to evoke different moods (as in the villanelle) or that can be broken into phrases (as in the pantoum).

5. Once you have your repeating line, figure out four uses or mean ings that it evokes. Contemplate those uses or meanings and put them in a logical order. For instance, in the above ballade, the repeating line "maybe then we will conceive" suggests these uses and meanings:

• Second stanza

If we do all of the above, maybe then? Will we conceive?

The above serves like an outline for each stanza, indicating what I need to accomplish.

• Plug in your repeating line and rhyme scheme for each stanza on a separate page or file in your computer (as suggested for the sestina).

• Compose the ballade.

Other related form: Chant Royal. Form: Five eleven-line stanzas rhyming ababccddedE with E as the repeating line, followed by a five-line envoy rhyming ddedE. Use the same approach as in the ballade with even greater care choosing your five rhyme words since they have to span sixty lines.

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