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    The RONDEAU is a lyrical and syllabic French poem, constructed of three verses: a quintet, quatrain, and sestet. The rondeau generally has 15 lines with two rhymes, with the opening phrase repeated twice as the refrain. The lines are in two lengths, the main length and the refrain. The refrain is the first few words of the first line.

    Example by Suzanne Honour:

    The Visitor

    Death came to visit me today.
    I sent him packing right away,
    told him I did not want him here,
    I said it loud and made it clear;
    so shocked, he didn't disobey.

    He left my home in disarray
    but what he did was to convey
    reminders no-one wants to hear.
    Death came.

    He'll come back but I did delay
    the fate he had in mind. I pray
    it won't be for many a year
    giving me time with those held dear
    'cause life is now a short foray.
    Death came.

    Posted By MsJacquiiC | Sep 12, 2006

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