Terza Rima

Literary/ Cultural Context Note

Litencyc Editors (Independent Scholar - Europe)
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This verse form was made particularly famous because Dante used it in

The Divine Comedy

. It requires three-line stanzas (tercets) with the rhyme scheme

a b a, b c b, c d c

and so on. It is much more suited to Romance languages than to English, and especially to Italian where the high frequency of vowel sounds at the ends of words makes such a structure feasible and even necessary.

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Citation: Editors, Litencyc. "Terza Rima". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2001 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=1095, accessed 25 July 2024.]

1095 Terza Rima 2 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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