Dorothy Clotelle Clarke (essay date 1964)
SOURCE: Clarke, Dorothy Clotelle. “The verso de arte mayor” and “General Comments.” In Morphology of Fifteenth-Century Castilian Verse, pp. 51-61; 219-222. Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 1964.
[In the following excerpt, Clarke analyzes the verso de arte mayor—the dominant metrical form of cancionero poetry—and examines its decline in relation to octosyllablic verse.]
THE VERSO DE ARTE MAYOR
The verso de arte mayor is a metrically simple but rhythmically complex form. It may be roughly defined as a verse whose time measure is 6 + 6 syllables,1 and whose basic pattern is:...
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