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A five-line Spanish stanza form of Italian origin, combining seven-syllable and eleven-syllable lines in the order 7,11,7,7,11, with the standard rhyme schemeababb. Its name (‘lyre’) comes from the final word of the opening line in a well-known such stanza by the early 16th-century poet Garcilaso de la Vega, whose exile in Naples led to his influential importation of Italian verse forms into Spanish. The art of the Spanish lira was perfected later in that century in the religious verse of Luis de León and Juan de la Cruz.

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