Terzanelle

The terzanelle is a combination of a terza rima and a villanelle. (It uses the interlocked rhyme pattern of a terza rima and the form of the villanelle: five triplets and a quatrain.) It consists of 19 lines of uniform length, but unspecified meter. The rhyme scheme is A1BA2  bCB  cDC  dED  eFE and either fFA1A2 or fA1FA2.

The Terzanelle

Attempting terza rima first may help;
The interlocking tercets set the pace.
A lengthy villanelle may make you yelp.

The scheme for rhyming dictates each one's place,
So plan ahead before you start to write.
The interlocking tercets set the pace.

The middle line repeats, so don't lose sight...
It reappears predictably below,
So plan ahead before you start to write.

The quatrain at the end, as you well know,
Employs a pair of lines that harken back.
It reappears predictably below.

The end approaches fast, so don't be slack.
Compose a fitting ending for your verse;
Employ a pair of lines that harken back.

Aspire to try the form; don't be averse.
Compose a fitting ending for your verse.
Attempting terza rima first may help;
A lengthy villanelle may make you yelp.

Classical Terzanelles

A Saturnalian Terzanelle

December's chill is in the air once more,
And cries of "Io!" will soon resound in Rome
As Saturn's ship is seen approaching shore.

The time has drawn to close for tilling loam;
All toil has ceased as we relax awhile,
And cries of "Io!" will soon resound in Rome

The Princeps' reign, though brief, will still beguile;
A topsy-turvy time will soon ensue.
All toil has ceased as we relax awhile.

The roll of dice won't cause a big to-do,
And slave and master roles are overturned.
A topsy-turvy time will soon ensue.

Most social strictures readily are spurned.
The festival of Saturn cannot last,
And slave and master roles are overturned.

Enjoy the respite now as in the past;
The festival of Saturn cannot last.
December's chill is in the air once more
As Saturn's ship is seen approaching shore.

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first tercet

second tercet

third tercet

fourth tercet

fifth tercet

quatrain




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