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Quintella Definition

This is a Spanish form of eight syllable (Iambic Tetrameter) lines. The rhyming scheme can vary in presentation ie a.a.b.b.a, a.b.b.a.a. etc but only two consecutive lines may have the same rhyme scheme.


A Quintella is a type of poem that originates from Spanish speaking countries, and often follows a specific structure. Combinations of a quintella can be in the form of the following: aabba or abbaa. A quintella will also often take the form of an iambic tetrameter or a poem that consists of eight-syllable scheme or structure. However, in this specific structure or form, there can only be two lines that can have the same or similar rhyming schemes within the poem, and, in turn, the other three lines will also have a rhyming scheme with each other as well.

 When breaking up the word quintella, we see that it is a derived from the words 'quin', which means five in the Spanish language, and 'stella', which means star. In terms of a quintella in poetry, it is often a poem that is made up of five lines, fitting of the name. 

Quintella Poem Example

In the Example below, the poet uses two couplets and links back to the starting rhyme in this very graphic poem:

a flickering flame, on the wall
the sound of a, coyotes call
the desert winds, singing at night
sandstorms dancing, in the moonlight
embracing lovers, to befall

Pat Bibbs


Here is a lovely example by Sharon where she uses a rhyme scheme of, a.b.b.a.a.

Your quiet cries echo loudly with pain
I feel you suffer in silence
Honest open hearts lend true credence
Comfort found in friendships gained
Toss me the key, let's free your chains

Sharon Mimi

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