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Zéjel

Type:  

Structure, Metrical Requirement, Rhyme Scheme Requirement

 
Description: 

Zéjeles appeared around the tenth century in Moorish Spain as part of a movement looking for freedom from the classical forms of the day. The zéjel tended to be a lighter form, like the English limerick. Eight syllable lines are common, but others have been used. It can have any number of verses. The first strophe is known as the cabeza, and it introduces the theme of the poem. (aa) The mudanza is the monorhymed tercet that begins each of the subsequent strophes. (bbb) The vuelta (repetition) is one or more lines rhyming with the cabeza. (a) This form is known to Arabs as zahal.

 
Origin: 

Spanish

 
Schematic: 
Rhyme: aa bbba ccca ddda, etc.
Meter: xxxxxxxx
 
Rhythm/Stanza Length: 

4

 
See Also:  

Musaddas, Qasida

 
Status: 

Incomplete

 

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