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The Terzanelle

The Terzanelle (pronounced tur-zuh-nell) is a combination of the French forms Terza Rima and Villainelle, where the second line of a stanza is repeated as the third line of the following stanza. It's characteristics include repeating triplets rather than quattrains in the body, with a concluding quattrain. The Terzanelle has two alternate forms of endings, so make sure to look at them closely to see which one might be best for you.


Stanzas : 6
Stanza Type : 5 Triplets and a concluding Quattrain
Lines : 19
Syllables : Varies
Accent : Varies
Rhyme :

stanza 1:
ABA'

stanza 2:
bCB

stanza 3:
cDC

stanza 4:
dED

stanza 5:
eFE

Ending Type 1:
fAFA'

Ending Type 2:
fFAA'