he Oxford English Dictionary offers rather humorous examples with its definition of the Kyrielle.  It wouldn't be because the English have something against a "French Form" associated with Catholicism, would it? [Irena Praitis]

1. A long rigamarole
ex. 1653.  Urquhart.  Rabelais I. XXII.  With him he mumbled all his kirielle and dunsical breborons. 

2. A kind of Fr. verse divided into little equal couplets and ending with the same word which serves for the refrain.
ex. 1887 Sat. Rev. 3 Dec. 770/1.  Among the verse forms the kyrielle of which we have three specimens, is not a form at all, and ought to have been discarded. 

Return to Forms of Verse Home Page

Return to Kyrielle Report
Top of Page