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stanza

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noun Prosody.
  1. an arrangement of a certain number of lines, usually four or more, sometimes having a fixed length, meter, or rhyme scheme, forming a division of a poem.

Origin of stanza

1580–90; < Italian: room, station, stopping-place (plural stanze) < Vulgar Latin *stantia, equivalent to Latin stant- (stem of stāns), present participle of stāre to stand + -ia -y3
Related formsstan·zaed, adjectivestan·za·ic [stan-zey-ik] /stænˈzeɪ ɪk/, stan·za·i·cal, adjectivestan·za·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·stan·za·ic, adjectiveun·stan·za·ic, adjective

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See verse.
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Examples from the Web for stanzaic

Historical Examples

  • On the various kinds of stanzaic structure, see pages 88 ff., below.

    The Principles of English Versification

    Paull Franklin Baum

  • In melody and stanzaic form, we shall see that the two poems are not unlike, but in motive they are totally distinct.

    The Raven

    Edgar Allan Poe

  • The poetry, even in the epics, is stanzaic; no part of it can fairly be compared to English blank verse.


British Dictionary definitions for stanzaic

stanza

noun
  1. prosody a fixed number of verse lines arranged in a definite metrical pattern, forming a unit of a poem
  2. US and Australian a half or a quarter in a football match
Derived Formsstanzaed, adjectivestanzaic (stænˈzeɪɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C16: from Italian: halting place, from Vulgar Latin stantia (unattested) station, from Latin stāre to stand
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for stanzaic

stanza

n.

"group of rhymed verse lines," 1580s, from Italian stanza "verse of a poem," originally "standing, stopping place," from Vulgar Latin *stantia "a stanza of verse," so called from the stop at the end of it, from Latin stans (genitive stantis), present participle of stare "to stand" (see stet).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

stanzaic in Culture

stanza

A group of lines of verse, usually set off from other groups by a space. The stanzas of a poem often have the same internal pattern of rhymes.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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