The canzone is one of Italy’s great contributions to Renaissance-era poetry. Yet, outside of the form’s adaptation by Spanish poets into the modern cancion, the 17th century Italian instrumental form of canzona, and the use of "canzone" to describe almost any form of simple and songlike composition, the form faded with the Renaissance.
|Rhyme:||Varied, but the last line of one stanza rhymes with the first line of the succeeding stanza|
|Structure:||One to seven stanzas of equal length (eight to 20 lines); 11 syllables per line|
|Common Themes:||Love, longing, nature, dramatic events|