ballad stanza


Definition of ballad stanza

: a stanza consisting of four lines with the first and third lines unrhymed iambic tetrameters and the second and fourth lines rhymed iambic trimeters

First Known Use of ballad stanza

1778, in the meaning defined above

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“Ballad stanza.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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