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One of the divisions of a poem, composed of two or more lines usually characterized by a common pattern of meter, rhyme, and number of lines.

[Italian; see stance.]

stan·za′ic (-zā′ĭk) adj.
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different rhyme schemes and stanzaic structures, the one used in Lauda
(When Kavanagh biographer and critic Antoinette Quinn .edited the Selected Poems in 1966, she wrote that she often went back to individual collections because even the first edition of the Collected Poems [1964] was marred by errors.) Lea-Green ignores the stanzaic spacing in five poems; there are a number of typos in "Pegasus"; stanzas four through eight are missing from "If You Ever Go to Dublin Town" and there is no indication where exactly excerpts were taken from Kavanagh's long poems "The Great Hunger" and "Lough Derg."
The various definitions of poetry, such as Frost's "Poetry is the only possible way of saying one thing and meaning another," Engle's "Poetry is language raised to the nth degree," Moore's "Poetry is stanzaic," provide us with answers to the question.
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.
While Group Portrait represents the record of a passage (from one world to another, from youth to maturity, from individual to family life, and from free verse to more measured, stanzaic forms), Slow Dance is a reflection on this experience and its many adjustments and reassessments.
Nor are these stanzaic round-offs the most interesting of their kind.
The chapter on Augustine and Arthur, based on the Stanzaic Morte, a version of the end of the Vulgate Cycle, is an effective account of the final battles and catastrophe, with the Church's intervention in the secular politics and justice of Arthur's court.
The complex stanzaic structure of the sonnet invites the mind to process a thought in private, now independent from rhythm dictated by music:
Stanzaic Syntax in the Madrashe of Ephrem the Syrian
It instead resembles the more traditional improvisational dynamic of jazz jam sessions, in which musicians' solos respond to both the theme and to other musicians' solos: "Hughes constructs each 'mood' in relation to the theme--both musical and literary--of the larger project, the 'Hesitation Blues.' By repeating the theme through stanzaic developments, which, themselves, riff upon both poetry and musical cue, Hughes reproduces the structure of jazz composition" (40).
They go back there regularly "to study the rhythmic patterns, stanzaic form and mode of the various palos (rhythms).
We come away from reading each stanzaic block of sonorous words and phrases feeling that her sound-play is a near equivalent to perfect pitch in music.