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Just like in songs, a refrain in poetry is a regularly recurring phrase or verse, especially at the end of each stanza or division of a poem or song.
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T.S. Eliot's : The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock In the room the women come and go Talking of Michelangelo.
Oh, how we wish those women would shut up already.