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 Ter’tium Quid.Tessera’rian Art. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Terza Rima.
 
A poem in triplets, in which the second or middle line rhymes with the first and third lines of the succeeding triplets. In the beginning of the poem lines 1 and 3 rhyme independently, and the poem must end with the first line of a new triplet. Dante’s Divine Comedy is in this metre, and Byron has adopted it in The Prophecy of Dante. The scheme is as follows:—   1
—1a
x2afeel(a new rhyme for 1b and 3b).
—3a
1bheal
x2bcries(a new rhyme for 1c and 4c).
3bsteal
1cskies
x2cplace(a new rhyme for 1d and 3d)
3carise
1drace
x2d(a new rhyme for 1e and 3e)
3dspace
etcetc.
 


 Ter’tium Quid.Tessera’rian Art. 

 
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