The change or modification in the refrain some time may add to the intensity of feeling or strength of argument in the poem. A refrain may help to establish the meter of a poem, indicate its tone or re-establish its atmosphere. The refrains occur in many ballads and work poems and it is frequently found in Elizabethan songs. A famous refrain is that which closes each stanza. When a refrain is intended to be repeated or sung by a group of people, it is called a chorus.
Published on 24 Jan. 2014 by Kedar Nath Sharma