American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Variant of envoy2.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An obsolete form of envoy.
- n. A short stanza at the end of a poem, used either to address a person or to comment on the preceding body of the poem.
- n. a brief stanza concluding certain forms of poetry
“This poem is subtitled "An envoi to 'The Story Of The Gadsbys'" - an "envoi" is effectively a postcript, and "The Pride Of The Gadsbys" was a play (or a series of fragments of plays) written earlier by Kipling.”
“Nevertheless, he decided to append a little envoi to make the thing land more easily.”
“And this must bring us to the writing of “Hugh Selwyn Mauberley,” which was his farewell to England and his envoi, also, to both “democracy” and “civilization.””
“Is this Knight-Jadczyk, if a real person, altogether sure she is not the consequence of a secret cloning of Stanslaw Lem and Kurt Vonnegut, to be unleashed on the 21st Century as posthumous envoi?”
“Food, envoi mental and safety standards set by our democratic institutions are subject to challenge if they conflict with those approved by unelected international trade bureaucracies.”
“Algernon Charles Swinburne particularly favoured, the Ballade, is the Ballade Supreme, with its 10-lined stanzas and five-line envoi.”
“In the early years of the last century socialists in England used to sing a hymn about their liberation from exploitation and under-representation: its title and opening line serves as the perfect envoi today.”
“A sestina is a fixed verse form in which six end-words recur in a set order in six stanzas and a three-line envoi (a coda or postscript).”
“At the end, the woman returns her young lover to his previous mistress with this envoi:”
“I think the envoi has had the most formal influence on me, other than the complex "I" of lyrical/confessional poems.”
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