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stan·za

 (stăn′zə)
n.
One of the divisions of a poem, composed of two or more lines usually characterized by a common pattern of meter, rhyme, and number of lines.

[Italian; see stance.]

stan·za′ic (-zā′ĭk) adj.

stanza

(ˈstænzə)
n
1. (Poetry) prosody a fixed number of verse lines arranged in a definite metrical pattern, forming a unit of a poem
2. (Soccer) US and Austral a half or a quarter in a football match
[C16: from Italian: halting place, from Vulgar Latin stantia (unattested) station, from Latin stāre to stand]
ˈstanzaed adj
stanzaic adj

stan•za

(ˈstæn zə)

n., pl. -zas.
an arrangement of a certain number of lines, usu. four or more, sometimes having a fixed length, meter, or rhyme scheme, forming a division of a poem.
[1580–90; < Italian: room, station, stanza < Vulgar Latin *stantia; see stance]
stan•za′ic (-ˈzeɪ ɪk) adj.

stanza

a section of a poem containing a number of verses.
See also: Verse

stanza

A group of lines forming a regular metrical division within a poem.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stanza - a fixed number of lines of verse forming a unit of a poem
poem, verse form - a composition written in metrical feet forming rhythmical lines
couplet - a stanza consisting of two successive lines of verse; usually rhymed
octave - a rhythmic group of eight lines of verse
sestet - a rhythmic group of six lines of verse
envoi, envoy - a brief stanza concluding certain forms of poetry
quatrain - a stanza of four lines
Spenserian stanza - a stanza with eight lines of iambic pentameter and a concluding Alexandrine with the rhyme pattern abab bcbc c; "the Spenserian stanza was introduced by Edmund Spenser in The Faerie Queene"
strophe - one section of a lyric poem or choral ode in classical Greek drama
antistrophe - the section of a choral ode answering a previous strophe in classical Greek drama; the second of two metrically corresponding sections in a poem
text, textual matter - the words of something written; "there were more than a thousand words of text"; "they handed out the printed text of the mayor's speech"; "he wants to reconstruct the original text"
line - text consisting of a row of words written across a page or computer screen; "the letter consisted of three short lines"; "there are six lines in every stanza"
rhyme royal - a stanza form having seven lines of iambic pentameter; introduced by Chaucer
ottava rima - a stanza of eight lines of heroic verse with the rhyme scheme abababcc
Translations
sloka
stih

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[ˈstænzə] nstrophe f

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stanza

[ˈstænzə] nstanza (Poesia)
References in classic literature ?
As she roars her song, in a voice of which it is enough to say that it leaves no portion of the room vacant, the three musicians follow her, laboriously and note by note, but averaging one note behind; thus they toil through stanza after stanza of a lovesick swain's lamentation: --
And in confirmation of the truth of what I say, let me repeat to thee a stanza made by the famous poet Luigi Tansillo at the end of the first part of his 'Tears of Saint Peter,' which says thus:
THIS stanza from "The Raven" was recommended by James Russell Lowell as an inscription upon the Baltimore monument which marks the resting place of Edgar Allan Poe, the most interesting and original figure in American letters.
The last two lines of the stanza give us a pretty true insight into pussy's notions of human goodness.
And an instant afterwards, at the accents which she imparted to this stanza,--
Charles Lamb, with his infinite tact, attempting to, might have drawn charming pictures of the life of his day; Lord Byron in a stanza of Don Juan, aiming at the impossible, might have achieved the sublime; Oscar Wilde, heaping jewels of Ispahan upon brocades of Byzantium, might have created a troubling beauty.
One can trust you, certainly, to say unpleasant things," he said, smoothing out the page, clearing his throat, and reading half a stanza to himself.
It was this figure that her husband saw when, having reached the polished Sphinx, having entangled himself with a man selling picture postcards, he turned; the stanza instantly stopped.
The Spencerian stanza, with its rich variety of movement and its harmonious closes, long shut "Childe Harold" from me, and whenever I found a poem in any book which did not rhyme its second line with its first I read it unwillingly or not at all.
The pages of his mind were blank, and, without effort, much he read and liked, stanza by stanza, was impressed upon those pages, so that he was soon able to extract great joy from chanting aloud or under his breath the music and the beauty of the printed words he had read.
Spenser invented for himself a new stanza of nine lines and made it famous, so that we call it after him, the Spenserian Stanza.
One chant only he raised, though he remembered no more than the first stanza and but three lines of that.