Pantun: menurut pengertian kamus Nusantara dan Barat
[Dipetik dari Kamus Bahasa Melayu Nusantara. Bandar Seri Begawan: Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka Brunei, 2003. hlm 1981]
A verse form of Malayan origin. A poem of no determinate lenght, composed of quatrains (q.v.) with internal assonance (q.v.) and rhyming abab. The second and fourth lines of each stanza become the first and third lines of the next. In the last quatrain the first line of the poem re-appears as the last, and the third line as the second. Pantun berkait and pantun berikat are terms which denote sets of quatrains, and pantun sindiran is an epigram (q.v.). The form was introduced into Western poetry by Ernest Fouinet in the 19th c. Some distinguished French poets used it, notably Victor Hugo, Leconte de Lisle and Baudelaire. It never proved popular in England. One of the better known versions is Austin Dobson's In Town.
[Dipetik dari J. A. Cuddon, 1999. Dictionary of Literary Terms & Literary Theory. London: Penguin Books. hlm. 633]