Terza rima

Terza rima (Italian pronunciation: [ˈtɛrtsa ˈriːma]) 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.


The literal translation of terza rima from Italian is 'third rhyme'. 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.

Other Languages
Alemannisch: Terza rima
تۆرکجه: تئرزا ريما
беларуская: Тэрцына
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Тэрцына
български: Терцина
čeština: Tercína
dansk: Terzine
Deutsch: Terzine
français: Terza rima
italiano: Terza rima
עברית: טרצינה
magyar: Terzina
norsk: Tersin
polski: Tercyna
português: Terceira (poesia)
русский: Терцины
Simple English: Terza rima
slovenčina: Tercína
svenska: Terzin
Türkçe: Terza rima
українська: Терцина
West-Vlams: Têrzyne