Ten lines

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A more than ten lines (also Deka tihon ) is in the Verslehre a ten verses existing Strophen- or a poem . Specific forms that should be mentioned are málaháttr in Old Norse, the decime in Spanish and the dizain in French poetry.


  • Rhyme scheme ababccdeed:
At Aachen in its imperial splendor,
In the ancient hall,
Sat King Rudolf's holy power
At the festive coronation meal.
The food was carried by the Count Palatine of the Rhine,
The Bohemian gave the sparkling wine,
And all the voters, the seven
As the chorus of stars stands around the sun,
Busy around the rulers of the world
To exercise the dignity of office.
(Friedrich Schiller, The Count of Habsburg)
  • Rhyme scheme ababcdecde:
My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains
My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk,
Or emptied some dull opiate to the drains
One minute past, and Lethe-wards had sunk:
Tis not through envy of thy happy lot,
But being too happy in thine happiness,
That thou, light-winged Dryad of the trees
In some melodious plot
Of beechen green, and shadows numberless,
Singest of summer in full-throated ease.
(John Keats, Ode to a nightingale)


  • Horst Joachim Frank : Handbook of the German strophic forms. 2nd Edition. Francke, Tübingen & Basel 1993, ISBN 3-7720-2221-9 , pp. 691-715.
  • Otto Knörrich: Lexicon of lyrical forms (= Kröner's pocket edition . Volume 479). 2nd, revised edition. Kröner, Stuttgart 2005, ISBN 3-520-47902-8 , pp. 40 f ..
  • Fritz Schlawe: The German stanza forms. Systematic-chronological register of German poetry 1600–1950. Repertories on the history of German literature, Vol. 5. Metzler, Stuttgart 1972, ISBN 3-476-00243-8 , pp. 469–474.