Sicilian Quintain Notes

About the Jez of It

Used by many poets over the centuries, the Sicilian Quintain originally had no set meter, later formalized by 15th century English poets to iambic pentameter, with a rhyme scheme of

ababa cdcdc edede and so on

Example

Vampyric Love by Jez Farmer

Each night I see her beauty standing there,
My sweet angel of purity and light,
And thus, I know love and want her care,
My broken heart again must turn to night,
And leave behind the dreams of beauty fair.

I am the darkness, she is innocent,
She drinks the fine wine as I sup on blood,
Her human heart could only be misspent,
As I crush her like some flowering bud,
Thus, I suffice on the hint of her scent

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