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The Canzonetta or Canzonet and the Canzonetta Prime


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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:

  1. at least 2 octaves, made up of 2 quatrains of alternating rhyme.
  2. written with no fixed meter or line length.
  3. composed with a refrain, repeated in L8 of each octave.
  4. rhymed, ababcdcD, efefgdgD.
  5. is called a Canzonetta Prime when the rhyme scheme is ababcbcB dbdbebeB. In this rhyme scheme there is often a repeated rhyme word to strengthen the repetition, but it is not required.

    By a Hunter's Moon

    Country concert, folks having fun.
    Warm Vegas night under the stars,
    the music played for everyone,
    straw hats and boots, led by guitars.
    Joining of friends to celebrate.
    Three days they played, too soon, goodbye,
    cherished the time. Now we all debate,
    Why?

    First was heard a pop popping sound,
    soon bodies dropping, screams, a shout.
    Rapid fire bullets abound,
    people running round and about
    crowds crouched while bullets skipped off dirt,
    panic, chaos, fifty eight die.
    When done, tears, pain, hundreds more hurt.
    Why?
                                   ~~Judi Van Gorder
     

    As You Wish by Ryter Roethicle

~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

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