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terza rima

Syllabification: ter·za ri·ma
Pronunciation: /ˌtertsə ˈrēmə
 
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Definition of terza rima in English:

noun

Prosody
An arrangement of triplets, especially in iambs, that rhyme aba bcb cdc, etc., as in Dante’s Divine Comedy.
Example sentences
  • In the fifth assignment we finally stared metre directly in the face: the assignment was to write a sonnet, terza rima or ottava rima, in iambic pentametre.
  • Merwin opts not to follow the terza rima strictly, or rather he rhymes so freely that he chooses not to speak of it.
  • Dante's terza rima is frustratingly hard to get right in English, and many translators have nearly gone mad trying to get it right.

Origin

Italian, literally 'third rhyme'.

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