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Terza Rima

Type:  

Structure, Metrical Requirement, Rhyme Scheme Requirement, Stanzaic

 
Description: 

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?

 
Origin: 

Italian

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

3

 
See Also:  

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

 
Status: 

Incomplete

 

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