noun \ˈstan-zə\

: a group of lines in a poem

Full Definition of STANZA

:  a division of a poem consisting of a series of lines arranged together in a usually recurring pattern of meter and rhyme :  strophe
stan·za·ic \stan-ˈzā-ik\ adjective

Origin of STANZA

Italian, stay, abode, room, stanza, from Vulgar Latin *stantia stay — more at stance
First Known Use: 1589

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody


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