Sicilian Stanza



The oldest and most read example of this form is Dante's; "The Divine Comedy". Composed of three line stanza, each first and third line rhymed, the middle line was unrelated completely. The most popular English version is "Ode to the West Wind", by Shelly
Ode to the West Wind

O Wild West Wind, thou breath of Autumn's being
Thou from whose unseen presence the leaves dead
Are driven like ghosts from an enchanter fleeing,

Yellow, and black, and pale, and hectic red,
Pestilence-stricken multitudes! O thou
Who chariotest to their dark wintry bed

The wing├Ęd seeds, where they lie cold and low,
Each like a corpse within its grave, until
Thine azure sister of the Spring shall blow

Her clarion o'er the dreaming earth, and fill
(Driving sweet buds like flocks to feed in air)
With living hues and odours plain and hill;

Percy Bysshe Shelley





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