Terzanelle Fixed Verse Forms Forms Poetry

A hybrid of the villanelle and terza rima in which the middle line of one tercet becomes the last line of the next tercet. Like the villanelle it consists of five tercets and a final quatrain, which can consist of either two couplets or alternating rhymes and repeats the first line of the poem as well as the second line of the previous tercet. Schematically, the form looks like this (with repeated lines in caps): aba bcB cdC deD efE fAFa or fFaA.

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