Stanza

Definition of Stanza

Stan´za   Pronunciation: stăn´zå
n.1.A number of lines or verses forming a division of a song or poem, and agreeing in meter, rhyme, number of lines, etc., with other divisions; a part of a poem, ordinarily containing every variation of measure in that poem; a combination or arrangement of lines usually recurring, whether like or unlike, in measure.
Horace confines himself strictly to one sort of verse, or stanza, in every ode.
- Dryden.
2.(Arch.) An apartment or division in a building; a room or chamber.

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Spenserian stanza, anacrusis, antistrophe, bass passage, book, bourdon, bridge, burden, cadence, canto, chorus, coda, couplet, development, distich, division, envoi, epode, exposition, figure, folderol, harmonic close, heptastich, hexastich, interlude, intermezzo, introductory phrase, line, measure, monostich, movement, musical phrase, musical sentence, octastich, octave, octet, ornament, ottava rima, part, passage, pentastich, period, phrase, quatrain, refrain, resolution, response, rhyme royal, ritornello, section, septet, sestet, sextet, statement, stave, strain, strophe, syllable, tailpiece, tercet, terza rima, tetrastich, triplet, tristich, tutti, tutti passage, variation, verse
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