Definition of pantoum in English:

pantoum

Line breaks: pan|toum
Pronunciation: /panˈtuːm
 
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(also pantun)

noun

  • A Malay verse form, also imitated in French and English, with a rhyme scheme abab: [count noun]: smart’s the word for pantoums and haiku [mass noun]: we could end as a line of pantoum
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    • His poetry is characterized by its openness to the vagaries of consciousness, its wry, beguiling lyricism, and its innovative use of forms such as the pantoum and the sestina.
    • Fascinated throughout his career by venerable poetic fixed forms such as the sonnet, the triolet, and the Malayan pantoum, Jouet chose to invent a new fixed form.
    • Their fourth exercise/poem was their choice of a form using repetition or refrain: a villanelle, rondeaux, traditional ghazal, glosa, sestina or pantoum.

Origin

late 18th century: Malay pantun.

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