- 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
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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.
- prosody a fixed number of verse lines arranged in a definite metrical pattern, forming a unit of a poem
- US and Australian a half or a quarter in a football match
Word Origin and History for stanzaic
"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).