- the part of an ancient Greek choral ode sung by the chorus when moving from right to left.
- the movement performed by the chorus during the singing of this part.
- the first of the three series of lines forming the divisions of each section of a Pindaric ode.
- (in modern poetry) any separate section or extended movement in a poem, distinguished from a stanza in that it does not follow a regularly repeated pattern.
Origin of strophe
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Examples from the Web for strophe
Canzone, in which Dante describes the person of Beatrice, Strophe third.The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 4
Balassa was also the inventor of the strophe which goes by his name.
His mind see-sawed in strophe and antistrophe: "You can't move!"Five Tales
(Strophe) Romulus and Remus, nice pair of schemers, How does your city grow?Boycotted
Talbot Baines Reed
He called upon her to save their little band by singing a strophe.Browning's Heroines
Ethel Colburn Mayne
- (in ancient Greek drama)
- the first of two movements made by a chorus during the performance of a choral ode
- the first part of a choral ode sung during this movement
- (in classical verse) the first division of the threefold structure of a Pindaric ode
- the first of two metrical systems used alternately within a poem
Word Origin and History for strophe
c.1600, from Greek strophe "stanza," originally "a turning," in reference to the section of an ode sung by the chorus while turning in one direction, from strephein "to turn," from PIE *strebh- "to wind, turn" (cf. Greek strophaligs "whirl, whirlwind," streblos "twisted").