Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of envoy2.

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  • 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An obsolete form of envoy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a brief stanza concluding certain forms of poetry

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Examples

  • 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.

    The Winners

  • Nevertheless, he decided to append a little envoi to make the thing land more easily.

    A Complaint to His Purse

  • 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.”

    A Revolutionary Simpleton

  • 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?

    Not only are they better capitalists, but better peacemakers too? « Antiwar.com Blog

  • 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.

    A True Maverick

  • Algernon Charles Swinburne particularly favoured, the Ballade, is the Ballade Supreme, with its 10-lined stanzas and five-line envoi.

    Great Regulars: Its form, a variant of the French form

  • 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.

    [england] this day is for you

  • 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).

    2007 March 12 « One-Minute Book Reviews

  • At the end, the woman returns her young lover to his previous mistress with this envoi:

    Napoleon's Eye

  • I think the envoi has had the most formal influence on me, other than the complex "I" of lyrical/confessional poems.

    Lynn Crosbie reads Sid Vicious and Entertains A Few Questions

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