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ter·cet

 (tûr′sĭt)
n.
1. A group of three lines of verse, often rhyming together or with another triplet.
2. Music See triplet.

[French, from Italian terzetto, from diminutive of terzo, third, from Latin tertius; see trei- in Indo-European roots.]

tercet

(ˈtɜːsɪt; tɜːˈsɛt)
n
(Poetry) a group of three lines of verse that rhyme together or are connected by rhyme with adjacent groups of three lines
[C16: from French, from Italian terzetto, diminutive of terzo third, from Latin tertius]

ter•cet

(ˈtɜr sɪt, tɜrˈsɛt)

n.
a group of three lines of verse rhyming together or connected by rhyme with the adjacent group or groups of three lines.
[1590–1600; < French < Italian terzetto < Latin tertius. See -et]

tercet

A group of three lines, often connected by rhyme.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tercet - the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and onetercet - the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one
digit, figure - one of the elements that collectively form a system of numeration; "0 and 1 are digits"
Translations

tercet

[ˈtɜːsɪt] Nterceto m

tercet

n (Poet) → Terzine f; (Mus) → Triole f
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In poetry, a tercet is a stanza in a poem made up of how many lines?
In translating Dante, Sayers had followed his terza rima scheme, in which the sound of the last word of the middle line of each tercet provides the rhyme for the first and last lines of the next.
His focus in these chapters fixes on Heaney's use and development of the tercet form out of the example given by Dante in The Divine Comedy.
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The first tercet demonstrates the way the Infanta's fragility is linked to her family's declining influence in Europe: "Italia, Flandes, Portugal .
Critics have also proposed a literal interpretation of the final tercet, as reflected in the Fosters' judgment that it is "anticlimactic and merits attention only for the complexity of its syntax" (92); a viewpoint which, on a surface level, does have some validity.
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Terza rima follows a pattern in which each verse, or tercet, connects with the following verse through an unfailing rhyme.
In the final line of the third tercet the poet introduces the comparison to Virgil, "as if.
The poem's dynamic owes much to the use of the tercet form and the recurrent use of enjambement, driving the reader on from one stanza to the next.
I thought that I could not do it so easily And now I'm midway through the second quatrain, And once I find myself in the first tercet, There will be nothing in the quatrains to fear.
On a technical level, it is striking how the spiraling ghazal structure, both open and concentrated, also led Bly into the tightest poetic form he has ever written in: tercets in even lines, in which each self-sufficient tercet offers a new configuration or variation on a theme.