Burns meter

noun
variants: or Burns stanza \ ˈbərnz-​ , ˈbə̄nz-​ , ˈbəinz-​ \

Definition of Burns meter

: a stanza often used by Robert Burns and other Scottish poets consisting of six lines rhyming aaabab of which the fourth and sixth are regularly iambic dimeters and the others iambic tetrameters

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“Burns meter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Burns%20meter. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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