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can·to

 (kăn′tō)
n. pl. can·tos
One of the principal divisions of a long poem.

[Italian, from Latin cantus, song; see canticle.]

canto

(ˈkæntəʊ)
n, pl -tos
1. (Classical Music) music another word for cantus2
2. (Poetry) a main division of a long poem
[C16: from Italian: song, from Latin cantus, from canere to sing]

can•to

(ˈkæn toʊ)

n., pl. -tos.
one of the main or larger divisions of a long poem.
[1580–90; < Italian < Latin cantus singing, song]

canto

one of the main (larger) divisions in a long poem.
See also: Verse
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.canto - the highest part (usually the melody) in a piece of choral music
voice part - a part written for a singer
2.canto - a major division of a long poem
poem, verse form - a composition written in metrical feet forming rhythmical lines
section, subdivision - a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical); "he always turns first to the business section"; "the history of this work is discussed in the next section"
Translations

canto

[ˈkæntəʊ] Ncanto m

canto

n (Liter) → Canto m, → Gesang m
References in classic literature ?
That the reader may never be in danger of forgetting his moral aim, Spenser fills the poem with moral observations, frequently setting them as guides at the beginning of the cantos.
Each Book consists of twelve cantos (of from forty to ninety stanzas each) and oftentimes Spenser has difficulty in filling out the scheme.
For a single illustration, the description of the House of Alma in Book II, Canto Nine, is a tediously literal medieval allegory of the Soul and Body; and occasional realistic details here and there in the poem at large are merely repellent to more modern taste.
If Paul memorized one canto of "Marmion," Lloyd memorized two cantos, Paul came back with three, and Lloyd again with four, till each knew the whole poem by heart.
Cleric went through canto after canto of the `Commedia,' repeating the discourse between Dante and his `sweet teacher,' while his cigarette burned itself out unheeded between his long fingers.
You hear -- Major Bartolomeo Cavalcanti -- a man who ranks amongst the most ancient nobility of Italy, whose name Dante has celebrated in the tenth canto of `The Inferno,' you remember it, do you not?
The cows swung placidly down the lane, and Anne followed them dreamily, repeating aloud the battle canto from MARMION--which had also been part of their English course the preceding winter and which Miss Stacy had made them learn off by heart--and exulting in its rushing lines and the clash of spears in its imagery.
At first sight such a work seems to be a miscellany of myths, technical advice, moral precepts, and folklore maxims without any unifying principle; and critics have readily taken the view that the whole is a canto of fragments or short poems worked up by a redactor.
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