A Rondeau is a French form, 15 lines long, consisting of three stanzas: a quintet, a quatrain, and a sestet with a rhyme scheme as follows: aabba aabR aabbaR. Lines 9 and 15 are short - a refrain (R) consisting of a phrase taken from line one. The other lines are longer (but all of the same metrical length).
I could just as easily have given this my 10 points this week - it was such a tricky choice! Mr Darcy’s beautifully romantic and expertly rhymed rondeau uses the summer rain as a brilliant metaphor to express the fear of drowning in his own tears if he can’t be with his love. There’s no heart alive that wouldn’t flutter a little (or a lot!) to receive such romantic words expressed within this wonderful form. :-) x