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Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Italian Verse Canzone, Italian from cantio - a song, was originally any lyrical piece that could be set to music. Its roots are in the Provincial Chanson but it was expanded and came into its own in Italy through the writings of Dante and Petrarch. Dante called it "the most excellent Italian verse form, the one which is the worthy vehicle for those tragic compositions which treat the three noblest subjects: martial valor, love and moral virtue." NPEOPP A lyrical triad was popular during the Middle Ages, but because the Canzone has carried a variety of f