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The Canción or the Petrarchan Canción


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Spanish Verse

The Canción, Spanish meaning song, now generally refers to any 16th century Spanish isostrophic poem with Italianate lines. It is the Spanish equivalent of the Italian Canzone. Verse forms that would be included in this genre are the Silva, the Lira and the Endecha. However the Canción, sometimes called the Petrarchan Canción, can be written in nonce verse and stand on its own.

The elements of the Canción or the Petrarchan Canción are:

  1. isostrophic, written in any number of lines in a stanza or strophe although it is very often written in 13 line strophe, the pattern of which is fixed in each subsequent strophe.
  2. syllabic, Italianate lines, mixed lines of 7 and 11 syllables make up a stanza or strophe. L6 and L13 are ALWAYS 11 syllables. The pattern of line length of the first stanza, becomes a fixed pattern for subsequent stanzas. (Note: in Spanish prosody, a hendecasyllabic line always has the primary accent or stress on the 6th syllable.)
  3. rhymed, often the rhyme scheme begins abcabc . . . . . . .
  4. often ended with a shorter strophe called an envío. A short summary.

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