A French form of the early Renaissance named after the "Kyrie Elieson" of the Catholic mass. It consists of tetrameter couplets usually joined into quatrains, with the last line (or a portion of the last line) of the first quatrain repeated as a refrain. Thus the rhyme scheme would be: aabB ccbB ddbB, etc. There are, however, numerous variations, such as abaB cbcB, etc., or acaB adaB, etc. This is a form often used for writing hymns.
A definition and description of the form with an example by John Payne. From a class taught by Alberto Rios.
A description of the form with examples by Suzanne Honour.
A description with examples of an expansion of the Kyrielle by adding a final couplet consisting of the first line and the refrain. From a larger site called "The Poets Garret" hosted by Terry Clitheroe.
Kyrielle: The Kyrie Reformed
A history and description of the form with a number of variations and an example by Thomas Campion. Part of a larger site called World Class Poetry.
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