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Canzone (Italian word from the Latin ‘canto’ = song)

Wide variety of song-like verse forms with differing length, rhyme scheme and meter.

Often written in praise of beauty or about love, philosophy and metaphysics.

One example of a Canzone form popularized by Dante is:
5 12-line stanzas using 5 end words which are repeated in a circular pattern, ending with a 6 line tornada (this can be 5 lines as well – one for each word).