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1. The second stanza, and those like it, in a poem consisting of alternating stanzas in contrasting metrical form.
2. The second division of the triad of a Pindaric ode, having the same stanza form as the strophe.
a. The choral movement in classical Greek drama in the opposite direction from that of the strophe.
b. The part of a choral ode sung while this movement is executed.

[Late Latin antistrophē, antistrophe of Greek tragedy, from Greek, strophic correspondence, from antistrephein, to turn back : anti-, back; see anti- + strephein, to turn; see strophe.]

an′ti·stroph′ic (ăn′tĭ-strŏf′ĭk) adj.
an′ti·stroph′i·cal·ly adv.
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1. (Theatre) (in ancient Greek drama)
a. the second of two movements made by a chorus during the performance of a choral ode
b. the second part of a choral ode sung during this movement
2. (Poetry) (in classical prosody) the second of two metrical systems used alternately within a poem
[C17: via Late Latin from Greek antistrophē an answering turn, from anti- + strophē a turning]
antistrophic adj
ˌantiˈstrophically adv
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(ænˈtɪs trə fi)

a. the part of an ancient Greek choral ode answering a previous strophe, sung by the chorus when returning from left to right.
b. the movement performed by the chorus while singing an antistrophe.
2. the second of two metrically corresponding systems in a poem. Compare strophe (def. 2).
[1540–50; < Greek: a turning about. See anti-, strophe]
an`ti•stroph′ic (-ˈstrɒf ɪk) an•tis′tro•phal, adj.
an`ti•stroph′i•cal•ly, adv.
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(in ancient Greek choral odes) 1. the response made to a preceding strophe, while the chorus is moving from left to right.
2. the movement of the chorus. Cf. strophe. See also verse. — antistrophic, antistrophal, adj.
See also: Drama
the second of two metrically related sections in a poem. Cf. strophe. See also drama. — antistrophic, antistrophal, adj.
See also: Verse
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The second of two metrical systems used alternately within a poem.
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Noun1.antistrophe - the section of a choral ode answering a previous strophe in classical Greek dramaantistrophe - the section of a choral ode answering a previous strophe in classical Greek drama; the second of two metrically corresponding sections in a poem
lyric poem, lyric - a short poem of songlike quality
stanza - a fixed number of lines of verse forming a unit of a poem
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References in classic literature ?
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.
Consequently, we can take this [phrase omitted] to be the dialectical antistrophe to the case against Protagoras in the latter half of the eighth discussed.
Hopkins also created two Greek variants from the songs of Love's Labour's Lost and The Merchant of Venice; he divided the former into a strophe and antistrophe, and the latter he wrote as a stylized parodos, like an Attic tragedy.
Literary and Rhetorical Genre Epic Lyric Work Song Poem Reader Language Character position Creative Dictation Revelation process Trope Metaphor Synecdoche Sound scheme Alliteration Assonance & rhyme Grouping Fall Rise-fall Meter Tetrameter Pentameter Divisioning Stanzaic Paragraphed Prolongation Extensional Chiastic Syntactic Anaphora Antistrophe scheme Discourse Paratactic Logical Semiotic Iconic Emblematic relation Structure Repetition Pattern Position Initial Medial Figuration Opposition Unity Contrast Resolution Pattern Concentric Geometrical Process Repetitive Repetitive Proleptic Climactic Contradictory Closed Fixed Shaped IV.
antistrophe; then, standing still, the epode" (Abrams and Harpham
"Burn" is the penultimate poem, followed by a "Coda" entitled "Harp Strings." "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.
In three stanzas arrayed on the classical ode-pattern of thesis (strophe), antithesis (antistrophe) and condensation (stand), the Ode issues a mock-didactic treatise on how to rebrand transience, the Melancholist's lament, as a poetic resource, intensity.
While the natural location did much of the work of visually framing the production, the challenge was to find a scenographic metaphor that reflected Atwood's classic story rendered for the twenty-first century--a design for a play that, with its use of the chorus's stroph and antistrophe, (1) borrows from the dramatic form of early Greek tragedy as much as it pastiches theatrical genres as diverse as melodrama, vaudeville, epic theatre, and contemporary TV soap opera.
"Roth Edmonds sold my Benjamin." "Sold him to Pharaoh." "Sold him to Pharaoh and now he dead." (362) Mollie's sister-in-law joins them, "a true constant soprano which ran without words beneath the strophe and antistrophe of the brother and sister" (363).