Poetic Forms: 15. Terzanelle

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15. Terzanelle

A terzanelle is a modified form of the villanelle.

It uses the interlocked rhyme pattern of a terza rima but in the villanelle’s form of five triplets and a quatrain.

The middle line of the 1st stanza becomes the third line of the next stanza, and so on.

Since the repeated line changes, the rhyme sounds change, which makes it a little easier on the ears during the writing process.

They are strictly written in iambic pentameter, but playing with the foot and stress can be a good way to get better flow – ideally, though, you should keep all lines in whatever meter you pick.


A first a
B first b
A second a

B second b
C first c
B repeat first b

C second c
D first D
C repeat first c

D second d
E first e
D repeat first d

E second e
F first f
E repeat first e

F second f
A repeat first a
F repeat first f
A repeat second a



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example:

Lewis Turco
Terzanelle in Thunderweather

This is the moment when shadows gather
under the elms, the cornices and eaves.
This is the center of thunderweather.

The birds are quiet among these white leaves
where wind stutters, starts, then moves steadily
under the elms, the cornices, and eaves--

these are our voices speaking guardedly
about the sky, of the sheets of lightning
where wind stutters, starts, then moves steadily

into our lungs, across our lips, tightening
our throats. Our eyes are speaking in the dark
about the sky, of the sheets of lightening

that illuminate moments. In the stark
shades we inhibit, there are no words for
our throats. Our eyes are speaking in the dark

of things we cannot say, cannot ignore.
This is the moment when shadows gather,
shades we inhibit. There are no words, for
this is the center of thunderweather.

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Last Updated: 02/01/04

Original Post: 06/12/03

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