Form: A thirteen-line, three-stanza poem operating on two rhymes and a word or phrase — indicated by (R) — that begins the first line and (ideally) rhymes or slant-rhymes with the end word of the first line. The word or phrase is repeated at the end of the second and third stanzas, indicated now by R, and exists apart from any set meter. Commonly, each line should have eight syllables (or each may have ten). The rondeau, in German, is known as ringelrime (wrap-around rhyme). Here's the rhyme scheme: (R)aabba aabR aabbaR. For example:

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