ballad stanza

  1. a four-line stanza consisting of unrhymed first and third lines in iambic tetrameter and rhymed second and fourth lines in iambic trimeter, often used in ballads.

Origin of ballad stanza

First recorded in 1930–35

Words Nearby ballad stanza Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use ballad stanza in a sentence

  • These specimens show the ballad stanza, which is made of a sort of septenary resolved into short lines of four and three accents.

    English Verse | Raymond MacDonald Alden, Ph.D.

British Dictionary definitions for ballad stanza

ballad stanza

  1. a four-line stanza, often used in ballads, in which the second and fourth lines rhyme and have three stresses each and the first and third lines are unrhymed and have four stresses each

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