Chain verse is one of the most obscure forms for which any written evidence is available; only two examples are widely circulated. The medieval form likely was a spoken-word vehicle used to communicate news and tidings in France; hence, the dearth of published poems. Its catchiness and pleasing rhythm to the ear helps explain why it did not survive the Middle Ages and early post-Renaissance as a written form.
|Rhyme:||Lines often rhyme; the last word or syllable of one stanza is repeated as the first word or syllable of next stanza|
|Structure:||Multiple stanzas, primarily quatrains|
|Common Themes:||Nature, mortality, spiritual|