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Tinker posted a topic in Italian VerseExplore the Craft of Writing Poetry Italian Verse The Canzonetta or Canzonet and Canzonetta Prime are variations of the Canzone with a more definitive frame. It is a 16th century Italian secular composition often with pastoral, irreverent, or erotic themes. The elements of the Canzonetta or Canzonet are: at least 2 octaves, made up of 2 quatrains of alternating rhyme. written with no fixed meter or line length. composed with a refrain, repeated in L8 of each octave. rhymed, ababcdcD, efefgdgD. is called a Canzonetta Prime when the rhyme scheme is ababcbc