[tert-suh ree-muh; Italian ter-tsah ree-mah]
- an Italian form of iambic verse consisting of eleven-syllable lines arranged in tercets, the middle line of each tercet rhyming with the first and last lines of the following tercet.
Origin of terza rima
1810–20; < Italian: third rhyme
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Certain other varieties of the terza-rima, although found in recent poets, need only be briefly noticed here.
The rhyme-system of the terza-rima is a b a b c b c d c, &c.
- a verse form of Italian origin consisting of a series of tercets in which the middle line of one tercet rhymes with the first and third lines of the next
C19: from Italian, literally: third rhyme
Word Origin and History for terza rima
1819, Italian, literally "third rhyme." Dante's measure: a-b-a-b-c-b-c-d-c-, etc.
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