3. The Temptations of Tercets

  1. Charles Mahoney Associate Professor of English
  1. Charles Mahoney Associate Professor of English

Published Online: 3 MAY 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444390650.ch3

A Companion to Romantic Poetry

A Companion to Romantic Poetry

How to Cite

Mahoney, C. (2010) The Temptations of Tercets, in A Companion to Romantic Poetry (ed C. Mahoney), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444390650.ch3

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  1. University of Connecticut, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Connecticut, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 MAY 2012
  2. Published Print: 26 NOV 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405135542

Online ISBN: 9781444390650

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Keywords:

  • temptations of tercets;
  • tercet, construed as a vibrantly representative Romantic measure;
  • Pope's infrequent yet exemplary triplets - An Essay on Criticism, Browning's trochaic octameter triplets in “A Toccata of Galuppi's”;
  • Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics - defining a tercet, as a verse unit of 3 lines;
  • William Carlos Williams's use of “triadic stanza” - and Wallace Stevens's unrhymed tercets;
  • poets and critics, treating the tercet - as a rhyme scheme or stanzaic unit, but rarely as both;
  • Florio's understanding of tercet-as-triplet - underscoring prevailing poetic practice through early eighteenth century;
  • Hunt'sTriplets - Hunt's opinions on Italian poetry, medieval romance, modern versification, and “the proper language of poetry”;
  • Hunt's triplets, “elevation and proportion” - its bearings from measured motion;
  • William Carlos Williams and Wallace Stevens - in triadic stanzas and unrhymed tercets

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Hunt's Triplets

  • Shelley's Terza Rima

  • References and Further Reading