Definitions for: Stanza


[n] a fixed number of lines of verse forming a unit of a poem



Webster (1913) Definition: Stan"za, n.; pl. Stanzas. [It. stanza a room,
habitation, a stanza, i. e., a stop, fr. L. stans, p. pr. of
stare to stand. See Stand, and cf. Estancia, Stance,
Stanchion.]
1. A number of lines or verses forming a division of a song
or poem, and agreeing in meter, rhyme, number of lines,
etc., with other divisions; a part of a poem, ordinarily
containing every variation of measure in that poem; a
combination or arrangement of lines usually recurring;
whether like or unlike, in measure.

Horace confines himself strictly to one sort of
verse, or stanza, in every ode. --Dryden.

2. (Arch.) An apartment or division in a building; a room or
chamber.

See Also: antistrophe, couplet, envoi, envoy, octave, ottava rima, poem, quatrain, rhyme royal, sestet, Spenserian stanza, strophe, text, textual matter, verse form

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