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[dee-zen]

A French verse stanza of ten lines, of which each normally has ten syllables, or more rarely eight. The dizain was employed by French poets of the 15th and 16th centuries either as an independent poem rhyming ababbccded or as a stanza of the ballade or chant royal. In English, Sir Philip Sidney wrote a crown of dizains rhyming ababbcacdd.

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