Refrain in Poetry: Definition & Examples


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The first refrain of Dylan Thomas's poem ''Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night'' is ''Do not go gentle into that good night.'' What is the second refrain in the poem?

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1. The word refrain comes from a French word meaning what?

2. Which of the following is NOT true about the poetic refrain?

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About This Quiz and Worksheet

A repetition of a word or group of words in a poem is called a refrain. Use these practice questions to assess your ability to identify and understand the use of refrains in poetry.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

You will be tested on key ideas, such as:

  • Identification of refrains in famous poems
  • Origin of the word 'refrain'
  • Characteristics of the poetic refrain
  • Purpose of including refrains in poetry

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application- use your knowledge to identify and analyze refrains in famous poems
  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you've retained the most important information about the use of refrains in poetry
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding refrains in poetry

Additional Learning

For more details about the use of refrains in poetry, review this lesson. The following objectives are addressed:

  • Know the origin of the word refrain
  • Recognize common use and placement of refrains
  • Understand that some poetic forms require refrains
  • Know the relationship between refrains and rhymes
  • Identify and analyze refrains in poetry by Elizabeth Bishop and Dylan Thomas
  • Understand how a refrain can affect the style, meaning, and drama in a poem