Terza rima is a three-line stanza using chain rhyme in the pattern ABA BCB CDC DED. 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 DED E, or DED EE. There is no set rhythm for terza rima, but in English, iambic pentameter is generally preferred.
There is also an adaptation of the form to six-syllable lines that has been named piccola terza rima.[
This a form that was used by Dante Aleghieri in the Divine Comedy and Geoffrey Chaucer in “Complaint to His Lady”. Also John Milton, Lord Byron (in The Prophecy of Dante), Percy Bysshe Shelley (in his “Ode to the West Wind” and The Triumph of Life) and Thomas Hardy. More contemporary poets include W. H. Auden, T. S. Eliot, Robert Frost, and William Carlos Williams.
WALT’S TERZA RIMA ATTEMPT:
BELIEVE IN LOVE
True love is for the purest soul,
and in that, there’s no denying,
for true love puts you in control
to leave a true heart sighing.
There’s but one magic born of love,
that does not require buying
secrets whispered by a dove,
for love can just be given,
a present from the One above.
So, earn your love while you are livin’
and give as good as you receive.
Love is something to have faith in.
Yes, trust in love, it will not deceive.
True love is for those that believe.
(C) Walter J Wojtanik – 2019
We will be moving the INFORM POET feature to fill the Wednesday slot left by the hiatus of the POETIC BLOOMINGS READING ROOM. The READING ROOM will return in due course. We look to avoid any direct conflict with RLB’s form explorations at Poetic Aides. In place of the INFORM POET on Fridays, there will be an inspiration offered for you to stretch your literary legs under the label, FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION. It could be a verbal nudge, a block of words, or it could be a photo prompt, for a few examples. You may respond in whichever way pleases your sense of order. You can remain on a poetic tear and write in verse. If you would like to try your hand at a little flash fiction, then your prose is welcomed here. Maybe it inspires a lyric… the license is yours. Give your muse a ride! As always, we appreciate your efforts here at POETIC BLOOMINGS.