Romance Syllabic Verse
This chapter focuses on the three main systems of versification in the Romance language, namely Italian, French, and Spanish. All these versification went through almost the same three stages of development. Among the three major Romance literatures, Italian poetry incorporated the Latin versification in the most direct and straightforward way. The history of French syllabics was somewhat more complex because among all the syllabic variations, it was a decasyllable that developed as a long form. The Italian endecasillabo and another variation is the octosyllable which was used as a short form. Spanish versification, however, was prolonged as the first stages of formation of syllabic verse remained for a long time in the pre-syllabic and quasi-syllabic stages.
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