Betty and Chubby | A Catena Rondo Poem

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Betty and Chubby - A Catena Rondo Poem by Ritika Nahata
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Betty and Chubby

Betty loves to paint all day, Chubby sings songs’n poems all the way
Betty makes balloons and flowers, Chubby sings in bus and showers
Betty finds muse up the towers, Chubby starts and can’t stop till hours
Betty loves to paint all day, Chubby sings songs’n poems all the way

Betty makes balloons and flowers, Chubby sings in bus and showers
Betty thinks Chubby’s too noisy, Chubby thinks Betty’s too nosy
Betty’s world is sweet and rosy, Chubby’s world is snug and cozy
Betty makes balloons and flowers, Chubby sings in bus and showers

Betty thinks Chubby’s too noisy, Chubby thinks Betty’s too nosy
Betty loves to paint all day, Chubby sings songs’n poems all the way
Betty loves beach and bay, Chubby always remains happy and gay
Betty thinks Chubby’s too noisy, Chubby thinks Betty’s too nosy

Betty loves to paint all day, Chubby sings songs’n poems all the way
Betty makes balloons and flowers, Chubby sings in bus and showers
Betty finds muse up the towers, Chubby starts and can’t stop till hours
Betty loves to paint all day, Chubby sings songs’n poems all the way

Catena Rondo

Catena Rondo is a poetic style that deals with intense repetitions of lines. Each stanza of the poem is a quatrain. The repetition can either be used to emphasize the theme of the poem or to add a fun element.

Catena Rondo – Invented by

This form is the brainchild of Robin Skelton, academic, writer, poet and anthologist.

Rules for Catena Rondo Poem

  • Catena Rondo is made up of a variable number of quatrains (4-line poetic stanza).
  • The rhyming pattern of each stanza is A-B-B-A.
  • The first and the last line of each quatrain is the same.
  • The second line of each stanza forms the first line of the next stanza.
  • The first and last quatrains are the same (word-by-word).

Betty and Chubby – About this poem

This poem is about the two twins Betty and Chubby. Each line in the poem is exactly 16 syllables (octa-meter). Though there is no rule specific to the meter of the poem. There are only rules for the end-rhyme (though I have added the mid-rhymes as well), and the line repetition. For the lines that are repeated, they are written in the same color. For example, the first line is repeated 5 times during the poem and is written in green color. The second line is in blue color, and so on.

To read about more poetic styles, click here.

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Betty and Chubby - A Catena Rondo Poem by Ritika Nahata
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