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Love of the French lyric poems (4)

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I believe the answer is:

odes

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Here is my best explanation:

'lyric poems' is the definition.
(ode is a kind of lyric poem)

'love of the french' is the subsidiary indication.
'love' becomes 'o' (In tennis, 'love' means 'zero').
'of the french' becomes 'des'.
'o'+'des'='odes'

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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for odes that I've seen before include "Poems in praise", "verse", "poetry", "Songs", "Lyric poems", "Works by Pindar", "To a Skylark, To a Nightingale etc", "Lays", "Keats was fond of them" and "Lines".)

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