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A Spanish verse form consisting of a quatrain of alternate long and short lines, the first and third lines of six or seven syllables, the second and fourth of five or six syllables. The rhyme scheme is abab, but in some variants the first and third lines are unrhymed. An extended version known as the seguidilla compuesta adds a three‐line refrain (estribillo) to form a seven‐line stanza. The form was derived from folk songs by poets of the 16th century, and was employed by many Spanish poets from Lope de Vega to Federico García Lorca.

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