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.
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How to use terza rima in a sentence
It is in vain to say, that it is enormously difficult to produce the terza rima in English.
For each quarter of the year a capitolo in terza rima was written, and a prophecy in octave stanzas was dedicated to each month.The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi; Volume the first | Count Carlo Gozzi
In particular, it is difficult to see how any other poet of that age could have known anything about Dante's terza rima.Chaucer's Works, Volume 6 (of 7) -- Introduction, Glossary, and Indexes | Geoffrey Chaucer
We have only a few lines of terza rima, in the Compleint to his Lady; see vol.Chaucer's Works, Volume 6 (of 7) -- Introduction, Glossary, and Indexes | Geoffrey Chaucer
I have a friend who has undertaken to translate "Inferno" into English, keeping to the terza rima.The Kempton-Wace Letters | Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for terza rima
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
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