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Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Spanish Verse The Letrilla is a short strophic form from 16th century Spain that is usually humorous or satirical. The form can sometimes be found in religious verse also. This lyrical verse is written with a theme refrain of any number of lines which usually begins and ends the poem. The elements of the Letrilla are: strophic, any number of lines contained in the strophe. syllabic, often written in 6 or 8 syllable lines. Lines should be short and approximate length. composed with a refrain which begins and ends the piece. rhyme