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Copla de arte mayor, octava de arte mayor, copla de Juan de Mena


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Copla de arte mayor sometimes called Octava de arte mayor or Copla de Juan de Mena is metric rather than syllabic which is a departure from most Spanish verse. I found an example poem at Vole Central and the form confirmed in an article by D C Clark in the Hispanic Review.

The elements of the Copla de arte mayor are:

  1. stanzaic, written any number of octaves.
  2. metric, amphibrachic tetrameter. uSu/uSu/uSu/uSu, the lines are often divided into 2 hemistiches.
  3. rhymed, abbaacca or sometimes ababbccb.

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