- 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
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Historical Examples of terza rima
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
Word Origin for terza rima
1819, Italian, literally "third rhyme." Dante's measure: a-b-a-b-c-b-c-d-c-, etc.