ballad stanza

noun

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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The first known use of ballad stanza was in 1778

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“Ballad stanza.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ballad%20stanza. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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