Rondel Definition

Poetry Definition of Rondel

Another poem of French origin, normally consisting of fourteen lines, but with only two rhymes. The first and second, seventh and eighth, and thirteenth and fourteenth lines are the same. The most common rhyme scheme is: A-B-b-a-a-b-A-B-a-b-b-a-A-B.


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[n] a French verse form of 10 or 13 lines running on two rhymes; the opening phrase is repeated as the refrain of the second and third stanzas



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poem, rondelet, roundel, verse form

Misc. Definitions

\Ron"del\, n. [Cf. {Rondeau}, {Roundel}.]
1. (Fort.) A small round tower erected at the foot of a bastion. [Obs.]
2. [F.] (a) Same as {Rondeau}. (b) Specifically, a particular form of rondeau containing fourteen lines in two rhymes, the refrain being a repetition of the first and second lines as the seventh and eighth, and again as the thirteenth and fourteenth. --E. W. Gosse.

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