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Three lines of any length ending with the same rhyme word are called triplets, or,
interchangably, tercets. It is probably better to use tercet only to distinguish three
lines organized other than by a thrice- repeated rhyme. Thus this is a triplet: ...
One tercet stanza which has never really established itself in English is the terza
rima, the stanza of Dante's Divine Comedy. The tercets rhyme aba, bcb, cdc, and
so on, each tercet beginning and ending with the center rhyme of the tercet ...
An even more exotic version of the tercet is the haiku (or hokku), a tiny and
reputedly exquisite form imported from Japan. The most common haiku is a
syllabic tercet whose three lines contain five, seven (or eight), and five syllables.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - rooze - LibraryThing
This is, indeed, an authoritative guide to meter and form. However, Fussell's arrogance had me running to other equally authoritative yet substantially less elitist sources. Try Mary Oliver's Rules of the Dance or Stephen Fry's The Ode Less Travelled instead. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - michaelm42071 - LibraryThing
This is not the first book to read on the subject of how form assists meaning in poetry; for that I would go back to John Ciardi’s How Does a Poem Mean? But Fussell’s book is a good, succinct one for ... Read full review
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