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a fixed verse form consisting of 15 lines in three stanzas, with a rhyme scheme of aabba, abbR, and aabbaR, in which R is a refrain (often nonrhyming) that repeats the first words of the first line.
In content, most rondeaux were love lyrics. The form originated in French poetry in the late 14th century and flourished from the 16th century through the first half of the 17th. Rondeaux were written by Russian poets during the 18th and early 20th centuries. In the 20th century the rondeau is used as a consciously stylized form (for example, M. Kuzmin’s “Manon Lescaut”).
V. P. BOBROVSKII and M. L. GASPAROV