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Friday, May 6, 2016

Writing Exercise - The Terza Rima

 By Ashley Lister

When I make love, don’t think me crass
I’m sharing this in secret now
I like a finger up my ass

I know it does not sound highbrow
I know it sounds like I’m depraved
But ass-fingers make me say wow

And likely I am pleasure’s slave

The Terza Rima is originally an Italian form that’s been used by Milton, Shelley, Byron, Frost and Dante Alighieri. It’s written in tercets (three lined stanzas) with a rhyme scheme of aba bcb cdc (and so on) until the final stanza. The final stanza can either be a single line, relating back to the middle rhyme of the penultimate stanza, (yzy z) or it can be a concluding couplet (xyx zz).

The structure suits iambic pentameter or iambic tetrameter and the interlocking rhyme scheme presents a neat little form that is a challenge to write and a pleasure to read.

And likely I am pleasure’s slave
And critics claim I have no class
But when I try to misbehave

I like a finger up my ass

As always, I look forward to seeing your poems in the comments box below.



  1. This is so cool, Ashley! The form looks deceptively simple and breezy, yet it takes some skill to pull off. I haven't got anything available, but I'll work on it.

  2. I look forward to seeing what you produce. As you say, it's deceptive in the way it looks so innocent, but it proves to be a little more challenging.

    1. Innocent? Not in your hands, Ashley!

      I find this form very elegant. I'd love to come up with something though so far my well of inspiration is dry.

    2. Lisabet - I'm incredibly innocent ;-)

  3. Here is a little something, inspired by the nature of the form. :)

    Dance of Three by Jean Roberta

    Of all the joys I've loved since I was young,
    Attention from two lovers tops them all.
    Exploring fingers and a teasing tongue

    Prepare me for the first to fill me full.
    When love-juice soaks my sheets, the trap is sprung!
    Then three can dance a merry madrigal.

    Why turn away one suitor when two call?
    None wants one breast, one nipple, or one lung.
    I have two lower mouths (one shy and small),

    Which two can please much better than one only.
    Three sing in harmony to make a tuneful song,
    And three ensure that one is never lonely.

    1. I don't think this concludes too abruptly but I do think there could be more content in the middle. AS it stands, I think it's well-crafted but it's left me wanting more.

      Damned good poetry.

  4. I know I didn't conclude well. (This form makes a poet want to keep going!) I'll probably have to add more verses before wrapping up.


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