One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A group or stanza of eight lines; an octet.‘he insisted upon adding another octrain to the hymn’
octet, eightsome, octupletsView synonyms
- ‘The 16th Century Italian Mystery Play is an anonymous work, entitled Santa Uliva, whose octrains are said to preserve the ingenuous flavor of the popular poetry of the 15th century.’
- ‘The octrain concludes by saying that real comfort and joy come from obeying the Word.’
- ‘Next follows an octrain in which the authoress challenges the carping critic to show better work than hers.’
- ‘He had Gustave Ferrari in the role of Villon sing the first line of the octrain without echo.’
- ‘It will be seen that each consists of forty lines, or five octrains.’
Early 19th century: from oct- + -rain, on the pattern of quatrain.
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