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[strof-ik, stroh-fik] /ˈstrɒf ɪk, ˈstroʊ fɪk/
Also, strophical. consisting of, pertaining to, or characterized by a strophe or strophes.
Music. (of a song) having the same music for each successive stanza.
Compare through-composed.
Origin of strophic
First recorded in 1840-50; stroph(e) + -ic
Related forms
strophically, adverb
nonstrophic, adjective Unabridged
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  • The following are some of the strophic arrangements in Spanish.

    Legends, Tales and Poems Gustavo Adolfo Becquer
  • They are to be regarded as the primary forms of all strophic poetry.

  • Thornton, Selden, and Egerton have no mark of strophic division, but fall naturally into mono-rimed stanzas of four lines.

  • Songs either are strophic or “durchcomponirt” (composed through).

  • Throughout the poem nearly every line is complete by itself and there is no strophic arrangement.

  • The first mark of this influence was that end-rhyme and strophic formation was forced upon many alliterative poems.

  • His hymns are metrical in the sense of having lines with a fixed number of syllables and strophic divisions.

  • It would lead us too far, however, to give a detailed description of the strophic forms occurring there.

  • They are written in French strophic forms in the southern dialect, and sometimes have an intermixture of French and Latin lines.

    From Chaucer to Tennyson Henry A. Beers
  • Containing only those parts of the Finn-story and of Beowulf which Mller regarded as "genuine," in strophic form.

    Beowulf R. W. Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for strophic


/ˈstrɒfɪk; ˈstrəʊ-/
of, relating to, or employing a strophe or strophes
(of a song) having identical or related music in each verse Compare through-composed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for strophic

1848, from strophe + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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