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stro·phe

 (strō′fē)
n.
1.
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.
3.
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.

[Greek strophē, a turning, stanza, from strephein, to turn; see streb(h)- in Indo-European roots.]

strophe

(ˈstrəʊfɪ)
n
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]

stro•phe

(ˈstroʊ fi)

n., pl. -phes.
1.
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]

strophe

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

strophe

The first of a set of metrical systems (usually repeated) in a poem.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.strophe - one section of a lyric poem or choral ode in classical Greek drama
lyric poem, lyric - a short poem of songlike quality
stanza - a fixed number of lines of verse forming a unit of a poem
Translations

strophe

[ˈstrəʊfɪ] Nestrofa f

strophe

nStrophe f
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He belonged to that race of martyrs who, indissolubly wedded to their political convictions as their ancestors were to their faith, are able to smile on pain: while being stretched on the rack, he recited with a firm voice, and scanning the lines according to measure, the first strophe of the "Justum ac tenacem" of Horace, and, making no confession, tired not only the strength, but even the fanaticism, of his executioners.
In each set of three the first stanza is called the strophe (turn), being intended, probably, for chanting as the chorus moved in one direction; the second stanza is called the antistrophe, chanted as the chorus executed a second, contrasting, movement; and the third stanza the epode, chanted as the chorus stood still.
Tradition has preserved some wild strophes of the barbarous hymn which she chanted wildly amid that scene of fire and of slaughter:
The canoes appeared very black on the white hiss of water; turbaned heads swayed back and forth; a multitude of arms in crimson and yellow rose and fell with one movement; the spearmen upright in the bows of canoes had variegated sarongs and gleaming shoulders like bronze statues; the muttered strophes of the paddlers' song ended periodically in a plaintive shout.
However, it is also strophic (a second strophe is given without music), and requires improvised rhythmic alterations in subsequent strophes to be typical of the French concentration on musical rhetoric.
Streaming" also makes use of refrains, which, when thinking of the collection as an epic, have the feel of strophe and antistrophe, especially when at the end of the poem they are combined into an epode.
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More importantly, in each case, all nine versions are being used together in the Prologos and the Epilogos, while in the main body of the works, with every new strophe, different combinations appear, with one of the versions being kept throughout as an axis or as a point of reference.
The influence of Shakespeare is undeniable, but there is nothing remotely lyrical about the violation of Cate and Ian, or Phaedra or Strophe in Phaedra's Love.
17) Moreover, writes Ringe, this first strophe of the opening hymn "sets the stage for a story of the continued engagement of the divine Creator with the creation.
Pour renforcer le caractere stable (et non-narratif) du texte, le poeme debute par une phrase nominale; les verbes d'etat predominent dans les propositions independantes, alors que les verbes de mouvement ("mener," "tendre," "suivre") sont comme relegues aux propositions relatives qui terminent chaque strophe.
His collections of poetry include Strophe (Turning Point, 1931), E Sterna (The Cistern, 1932), Mythistorima (1935), and Logbook I, II and III (1940, 1945, 1955).