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An Italian stanza of eight 11‐syllabled lines, rhyming a b a b a b c c, employed by Tasso, Ariosto, etc. It was introduced into England by Wyatt, and used to great effect by Byron in Don Juan, with a 10‐syllable iambic line.

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