The latter is a musical eclogue in terza rima; the former a discursive love-poem, with allegorical episodes, in octave stanzas.
Nor was Surrey's essay in terza rima "the earliest in the language."
Whether stanzas, strictly speaking, or not, shall we say our mind frankly about the terza rima?
The terza rima has never been quite naturalized in our language.
In particular, it is difficult to see how any other poet of that age could have known anything about Dante's terza rima.
So far the eclogues have all been in Sannazzaro's terza rima.
Its blank verse, however, cannot represent the close woven texture and the stately music of the terza rima of the original.
The similar safeguard of Dante's terza rima will occur to every student.
But terza rima, ottava rima, and sonnets are an insufficient disguise for the formlessness of their matter.
From Italy have come, besides the ottava rima and the sonnet, two other metrical forms, the sestina and the terza rima.
1819, Italian, literally "third rhyme." Dante's measure: a-b-a-b-c-b-c-d-c-, etc.