Winter 2014 Ficlympics: Terza Rima (Genre Event)


“Terza rima is a rhyming verse stanza form that consists of an interlocking three-line rhyme scheme. It was first used by the Italian poet Dante Alighieri. … Terza rima is a three-line stanza using chain rhyme in the pattern A-B-A, B-C-B, C-D-C, D-E-D. There is no limit to the number of lines, but poems or sections of poems written in terza rima end with either a single line or couplet repeating the rhyme of the middle line of the final tercet. The two possible endings for the example above are d-e-d, e or d-e-d, e-e. There is no set rhythm for terza rima, but in English, iambic pentameter is generally preferred.”

Challenge: Write a poem in terza rima form.

This challenge is one of three in the Genre event for the Winter 2014 Ficlympics. If you enter this challenge, consider entering the other two (Fable and Eulogy) as well.

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