What is the definition of canto?

The definition of canto is one of the main sections into which a long poem is divided.

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Canto - one of the main or larger divisions of a long poem. It is also used to denote a singing or chanting section of a poem, or a subdivision of an epic or narrative (comparable to a chapter in a novel).

The word is taken from the Italian, which originally took it from the Latin cantus, meaning “song.”

Dante’s The Divine Comedy is divided into cantos.


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