|The zéjel, pronounced "SAY-hell," is a Spanish verse form, and it was made popular by the Andalusian poet Ibn Quzman. The opening stanza, called the cabeza, presents the theme and is either a rhymed couplet (AA) or a rhymed tercet (AAA). Successive stanzas are quatrains that consist of a tercet called a mudanza and a line called a vuelta that rhymes with the cabeza. Thus, successive quatrains rhyme BBBA, CCCA, DDDA, and so forth. The lines are usually eight syllables long and often employ colloquial language. Common themes include love, drink, and friendship.
A verse form from Spain called zéjel
In writing successive quatrains,
The theme might be friendship or love,
Rejoice, for Saturn's feast is here!
We're free for now from tilling loam
The slave and master switch around
Too soon we'll end our carefree play