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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.


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


(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.


(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


The second of two metrical systems used alternately within a poem.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
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.
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Cleverly structuring his essay in the dialectical form of the ode itself--strophe (Cowley), antistrophe (Sutherland), and epode (historical synthesis)--Jarvis brings to bear the virtuosic attention to technique that has become his hallmark, arguing that the "nuts and bolts" of meter, rhyme, and rhythm "constitute an essential condition, not only of the poems' versification, but also of their loftiest and most rarefied thoughts.
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.
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.
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).
La seconde antistrophe du second stasimon prend plus de relief encore si, derriere Helene, on apercoit le stratege de 415 qui s'est attire le courroux des hommes et des dieux (267-9), parce qu'on l'a juge coupable d'avoir parodie, dans sa maison des mysteres interdits>>.
La silva 27, <<El instrumento artifice de muros>>, que <<sigue la disposicion de las odas de Pindaro>>, se estructura en una strophe de 24 versos, una antistrophe de 22 versos y un epodos de 28 versos.
A dialogue then emerges by the twinning of parallel verses from strophe and antistrophe.
Catullus does not provide an answer, there is no equivalent of the antistrophe of the English text.
For the strophe the chorus moved to their right, in the antistrophe to their left, maintaining in both the same rhythm and dance-movements.
If so, this "memory of signs" which makes the act of construction possible is perhaps nothing less than that "musicality" of which I spoke earlier, an inner music of echo and silence, of "strophe and antistrophe," as Mallarme finds it in Swinburne's Erechtheus.