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Terza Rima


Structure, Metrical Requirement, Rhyme Scheme Requirement, Stanzaic


Accentual syllabic or syllabic form written in tercets with an interlocking rhyme scheme. At some point, the poem ends with a single line stanza rhyming with the preceding stanza’s middle line.

At least one soi-disant expert claims that it is usually iambic pentameter and that it ends in a couplet as: yzy zz. But he seems to be incorrect on many of his assertions.

Another variation is ending with a uniformly rhymed triplet: aba bcb cdc...yzy zzz.

Why can’t these poets make up their minds or stick to the original?



Rhyme: aba bcb cdc...yzy z
Meter: xX xX xX xX xX
Rhythm/Stanza Length: 


See Also:  

Capitolo, Enclosed Tercet, Enclosed Triplet, Iambic Pentameter, Sicilian Tercet, Sicilian Triplet, Terza Rima Sonnet, Terzanelle, Villanelle




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