noun (plural rondeaux pronounced same or /ˈrɒndəʊz/)
A poem of ten or thirteen lines with only two rhymes throughout and with the opening words used twice as a refrain.
- Their fourth exercise/poem was their choice of a form using repetition or refrain: a villanelle, rondeaux, traditional ghazal, glosa, sestina or pantoum.
- The refrain of his rondeau is ‘drop the saxophone, Danton, and get on with the show.’
- It may be that the most difficult poetic form isn't the sestina or the rondeau redoublé but a modernist, free-verse form commonly known as the ‘skinny’ poem: three-, two-, and often one-word lines expose the poet's every gesture.
Early 16th century: French, later form of rondel (see rondel).
Words that rhyme with rondeaucondo, rondo, secondo, tondo
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