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seguidilla - Song, Dance, Types


In Spanish literature, a four-line stanza of alternate 6/7- and 5-syllable lines with the rhyme or assonance scheme abab, the 1st and 3rd lines occasionally unrhymed. The form was established in the 16th-c on the basis of traditional folk lyrics: among its main practitioners were Timoneda, Horozco, Lope de Vega, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, José Benegasi (in his burlesque San Benito Palermo), and modern writers up to the time of Federico García Lorca and Joaquín Romero Murube. If an estribillo of three lines were added, it would become a seguidilla compuesta.

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