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- noun Plural form of
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As for Fingal, in its six duans, with captional arguments, it was made up from a few fragments, and no such poem ever existed.
This Fingal, which he calls "an ancient epic poem" in six duans or books, recounts the deliverance of Erin from the
Ossian and of Spenser, and he committed to memory "whole duans of the one and cantos of the other."
Scott tells us that in his youth he "devoured rather than perused" Ossian and that he could repeat whole duans "without remorse"; and, as I shall discuss later,
Fragments of Ancient Poetry James MacPherson 1766
Vizier's authority, his ministers ', the Residents' at Lucknow, the sezauwils ', the camp authority, the Nabob Muzuffer Jung's, and that of twenty duans or advisers: no authority sufficiently predominant to establish any regulations for the benefit of the country, whilst each authority has been exerted, as opportunity offered, for temporary purposes.
The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. 08 (of 12) Edmund Burke 1763
Do you think the stringing of rhymes so easy that a man should be digging and toiling in the field and the wood between his _duans_? "