No, nothing to do with that* TV programme!
A villanelle is a poem with a very specific rhyming structure. (The most well known villanelle in English is probably Dylan Thomas’s. . . Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, Rage against the dying of the light.)
I have taken up the challenge to write 12 poems in 12 months at https://deadlinesforwriters.com/, and our challenge for the first week in May is to write a villanelle.
I’m enjoying composing my villanelle because. . .
a) My poems have to rhyme although this is not fashionable right now. But if it didn’t rhyme I wouldn’t know if I would be justified in calling it a poem. (No doubt, I’m missing the point. . .)
b) I enjoy puzzles. Fitting the required rhymes around the mandatory refrains is very like solving a puzzle with words.
In fact, I enjoyed this month’s challenge so much that I wrote a second villanelle. Since I am only allowed to post one for the “12 poems. . .” challenge, here is the other one.
Where once the black smog choked the air, now distant vistas show, and skies are clearing everywhere. Did Mother Nature, in despair, contrive to lay us low because the black smog choked the air? So rapidly, the heavens repair. Rivers like crystal flow and skies are clearing everywhere. But rubbish, strewing meadows where the junkyards are all closed, chokes fields, as smog once choked the air. What will you do when time and care restore the status quo and skies are clear most everywhere? When we are freed, and all prepare again to take the road, will black smog once more choke the air and skies re-darken everywhere?
Do you plan to make changes when we’re all let loose on the world again?
* (For those who don’t have the TV series Killing Eve airing in your part of the world, there is a character in it with the code-name Villanelle.)