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Tinker posted a topic in French VerseExplore the Craft of Writing Poetry French Verse Dansa (Occitan), Balete (Old French), or Ballata (Italian),was a popular lyrical verse during the Middle Ages. It was originally set to music meant for joyful dancing. It has limited rhyme and includes a refrain. The verse form was used by poets such as Dante, Petrarch and Medici . The elements of the Dansa, Balete, Ballata are: stanzaic, written most often in 3 quatrains which includes a refrain at the end of each stanza. Occasionally you may find more than 3 stanzas in the poem. The refrain is also added at the beginning of the