- a short stanza concluding a poem in certain archaic metrical forms, as a ballade, and serving as a dedication, or a similar postscript to a prose composition.
Origin of envoy2
Examples from the Web for envoi
The poem might also conclude with a half stanza or tornada, (French envoi).The Troubadours
But as a writer reviews his own words, it is inevitable that some sort of envoi should present itself to his mind.To My Younger Brethren
Handley C. G. Moule
Even in Modern English poetry the envoi has not quite gone out of use.
In Middle English poetry the envoi mostly serves the same purposes.
The scheme is a b a b c c d d e d E in the stanzas and d d e d E in the envoi.
- Formal name: envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary a diplomat of the second class, ranking between an ambassador and a minister resident
- an accredited messenger, agent, or representative
- a brief dedicatory or explanatory stanza concluding certain forms of poetry, notably ballades
- a postscript in other forms of verse or prose
Word Origin and History for envoi
"messenger," 1660s, from French envoyé "messenger," literally "one sent" (12c.), noun use of past participle of envoyer "send," from Vulgar Latin *inviare "send on one's way," from Latin in "on" (see in- (2)) + via "road" (see via (adv.)). The same French word was borrowed in Middle English to mean "a stanza of a poem sending it off to find readers" (late 14c.).