The Terza Rima.Â There's no predetermined rhythm for this, but the rhyme is strict.Â The rhyme helps the narrator remember the words.Â Looks like we'll need to read these poems aloud.Â Just pretend you've a Blackberry stuck in your ear.Â
It works like this.Â Each stanza has three lines.Â You can choose how long to it goes, but at least two stanzas is a good thing.Â
And then the rhyme.Â a-b-a, b-c-b, c-d-c, d-e-d etc. To end this poem, use a single line, or a couplet that rhymes with the second line of the immediately previous line.Â
Examples are harder to find than other styles.Â Here's a contemporary one found just last year in the New Yorker.Â The author is Richard Wilbur.
by Richard Wilbur
In this great form, as Dante proved in Hell,
There is no dreadful thing that can't be said
In passing. Here, for instance, one could tellÂ
How our jeep skidded sideways toward the dead
Enemy soldier with the staring eyes,
Bumping a little as it struck his head,Â
And then flew on, as if toward Paradise.