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Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry

Spanish PoetryThe Seguidilla began as a popular dance song of Spain. The verse form was established and branched into variations by the 17th century. It has an alternating long short rhythm.


The Seguidilla is:

  • stanzaic, written in any number of 2 part septets. (7 lines)
  • syllabic, 7-5-7-5 : 5-7-5 per line. There is a slight pause between L4 and L5 suggesting L4 should be end-stopped.
  • rhymed by assonance xaxabxb or xaxabab. x being unrhymed. True rhyme is generally not used.
  • composed with a volta or change in thought between L4 and L5.
  • sometimes serves as a conclusion for another verse.


    Pase Doble by Judi Van Gorder


    The rapid click of slick heels

    pounding on the boards,

    play a staccato death knell

    for life never mourned.

    The red of his cape,

    a splash of blood on the floor,

    the matador's fate. .

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