Terza rima

Terza rima

Definition of Terza rima
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The definition of Terza rima is as follows:

Definition of Terza rima

Terza rima is a type of poetry consisting of 10 or 11 syllable lines arranged in three-line
"tercets". The Italian poet Dante is credited with inventing terza rima and it has been used by many English poets including Geoffrey Chaucer, John Milton, Percy Bysshe Shelley and Auden.


Example of Terza rima
There are many examples of different types of poetry. An example of Terza rima can be found in the poetic work of Percy Bysshe Shelley ( 1792 - 1822 ).

Example of Terza rima - Excerpt

Ode to the West Wind
Percy Bysshe Shelley

O wild West Wind, thou breath of Autumn's being,
Thou, from whose unseen presence the leaves dead
Are driven, like ghosts from an enchanter fleeing

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Example of Terza rima


Forms of Poetry and Literary Terms
How do you define a couplet or a Falling Meter? And what exactly is an Iambic pentameter? We have provided a definition of poetry and literary terms together with the meaning and examples, such as the above definition of Terza rima. A helpful educational resource for those taking an English test or a University student studying English and American Literature. Each definition, such as the above definition and example of Terza rima will provide a glossary of literary terms or a dictionary with the meaning, samples, examples and the rules of specialising in each different type of poem and poetry.

Definition of Poetry
Poetry is piece of literature written by a poet in meter or verse expressing various emotions which are expressed by the use of variety of techniques including metaphors, similes and onomatopoeia. The emphasis on the aesthetics of language and the use of techniques such as repetition, meter and rhyme are what are commonly used to distinguish poetry from prose. Poems often make heavy use of imagery and word association to quickly convey emotions. An example of Terza rima is detailed above.

Structure of Poetry
The structure used in poems varies with different types of poetry and can be seen in the above example of Terza rima. The structural elements include the line, couplet, strophe and stanza. Poets combine the use of language and a specific structure to create imaginative and expressive work. The structure used in some Poetry types are also used when considering the visual effect of a finished poem. The structure of many types of poetry  result in groups of lines on the page which enhance the poem's composition.

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