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Lira

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The Lira, is a shortened variation of the Canción. The Lira "loosely refers to any short strophe" NPEOPP. The most commonly referred to features of the verse are the repetition of L2 in L5 and a rhyme scheme of aBabB, both of which narrow the verse to a stanzaic form, the quintain. Other frames were also suggested but with less definition. The quintain stanzaic form was apparently the most popular form of the Lira in 16th century Spain.

The defining features of the Lira are:

  1. stanzaic, popularly written in one or a short number of cinquains. The form is occasionally found in sixains and on rare occasions, quatrains.
  2. syllabic, the lines are usually in a fixed pattern of Italianate lines, (7 and 11 syllables). The last line of the stanza is always 11 syllables. The first stanza establishes the fixed pattern.
  3. often written with L2 repeated as L5.
  4. rhymed, often using only consonant rhyme. The most common rhyme scheme is aBabB, but alternatives could be aBaBcC, abbacC, abABcC

    Computer Connection by Judi Van Gorder

    Fingertips rapidly tap,
    chosen letters appear in black on the screen.
    Words are formed to fill the gap
    between thoughts and sounds unseen.
    Chosen letters appear in black on the screen.

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