Canzonetta Notes

Meter: Meter of first line sets the tempo
Structure: Minimum two octaves
Rhyme Scheme: ababcdcdD or abababaB

The canzonetta is a variation of the canzone. It consists of at least two octaves, each using a series of alternating couplets. The last line or phrase is repeated in each subsequent stanza.

Example: Hot Summer Nights by Terry Clitheroe

Fireworks thunder way over in the East
Welcoming adventures to this shore,
And while the strangers drink and feast
Hear crackers flash and watch rockets soar.
But here is peace and the noise decreased
And here I write and wax poetic score,
Reading and drinking good wine at least
With gentle thoughts that are never a bore.

Alone with my thoughts as music plays,
My love lies isolated from these scenes.
Whilst in her garden winter still lays
With gentle thoughts and tiptoe dreams.
Summer nights are now the Cicadas phase
They do naught, I’m called to bed far more
Trembling waves from walls, almost ablaze
With gentle thoughts that are never a bore.

Night quietens now as celebrations close
‘Cept occasional planes on finals o’er head
Suddenly from the Port there’s a wild noise
A final cheer before they go home to bed.
The radio is silent with no more applause
The wine and time make me ready to snore
Deciding it’s time now, I’m starting to doze
With gentle thoughts that are never a bore.

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