elegiac stanza


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elegiac stanza

n.
A four-line stanza in iambic pentameter having the rhyme scheme abab. Also called heroic quatrain, heroic stanza.

elegiac stanza

n
(Poetry) prosody a quatrain in iambic pentameters with alternate lines rhyming
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Noun1.elegiac stanza - a quatrain in iambic pentameter with abab rhyme scheme
quatrain - a stanza of four lines
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Before Hammond, it was conventional in English to write elegies in heroic couplets, such as Pope's "Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady," in order to imitate the formality of the original prosody; Hammond's Love Elegies, however, introduced the iambic pentameter quatrain (abab) that came to be known first as "Hammond's metre" and then as the elegiac stanza or elegiac quatrain.
Other corrective examples are more discernibly imitative: Henry Jones's The Rlelief or Day Thoughts (1754) parodies the enthusiastic register of Edward Young's Night Thoughts (1742-45), replete with rhetorical questions and exclamation marks; John Cunningham's "The Contemplatist: A Night-Piece" (1762), while only slightly less subdued, uneasily adopts Gray's elegiac stanzas in its attempt to counter the "rancour" of the raven and other "angry elements" of the graveyard setting (181).
Among his better - known shorter works are " Alice Fell, " " Michael, " Simon Lee, the Lucy poems, "Resolution and Independence, " " The Solitary Reaper, " " Peter Bell, " " The Idiot Boy, " " I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud, " " Elegiac Stanzas, " Nuns Fret Not at Their Convent's Narrow Room, " The World Is Too Much with Us, " " Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey, " and Ode: Intimations of Immortality.