Cavatina Notes

The name Cavatina points to the form’s Italian origins and emerged around the time of Petrarch. It consists of a ten-syllable line alternating with a four-syllable line at least three times per stanza and is completed with a ten-syllable line couplet.

Example: Blazing Fires by Peggy Nelson

Wild fires blazing, destroying homes
Trees and life’s
Animals running wildly through towns
Worldly deaths strife
Fanning the fuel, winds causing disarray
Abundant rife
Efforts to contain quick burning items
growing fires
Highways closed from choking smoke and burning,
Phone line wires
Fire fighters spend days preserving what’s,
Left to admire
Picking through charred remains in a dazed flash
I Watched the gorgeous forest turn to ash

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