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a. The first of a pair of stanzas of alternating form on which the structure of a given poem is based.
b. A stanza containing irregular lines.
2. The first division of the triad constituting a section of a Pindaric ode.
a. The first turning movement of the chorus from one side of the orchestra to the other in classical Greek drama.
b. The part of a choral ode sung while this movement is executed.
1. (Poetry) (in ancient Greek drama)
a. the first of two movements made by a chorus during the performance of a choral ode
b. the first part of a choral ode sung during this movement
2. (Poetry) (in classical verse) the first division of the threefold structure of a Pindaric ode
3. (Poetry) the first of two metrical systems used alternately within a poem
[C17: from Greek: a verse, literally: a turning, from strephein to twist]
n., pl. -phes.
a. the part of an ancient Greek choral ode sung by the chorus when moving from right to left.
b. the movement performed by the chorus while singing the strophe.
2. the first of the three series of lines forming the divisions of each section of a Pindaric ode.
3. (in modern poetry) any separate section or extended movement in a poem, distinguished from a stanza in that it does not follow a regularly repeated pattern.
[1595–1605; < Greek strophḗ turning, twist, strophe, n. derivative of stréphein to turn, twist]
that part of the ancient Greek choral odes sung by the chorus while moving from right to left. Cf. antistrophe. — strophic, adj.See also: Drama
the first of two metrically related sections in a poem. Cf. antistrophe. See also drama.See also: Verse
The first of a set of metrical systems (usually repeated) in a poem.