An English version of the rondeau, devised by A. C. Swinburne for his collection A Century of Roundels (1883). It is a poem of eleven lines using only two rhymes in its three stanzas of 4, 3, and 4 lines. Lines 4 and 11 are formed by the repetition of the poem's opening word or phrase as a refrain, which may be rhymed with lines 2, 5, 7, and 9. The rhyme scheme (with the refrain represented as R) is thus abaR bab abaR, or, with a rhyming refrain, abaB bab abaB. The term was at one time a synonym for a rondeau or rondel.
Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval).