Poetry Terms

Information Station Other Poetry Terms Stanza


What is a Stanza?

A stanza is a set amount of lines grouped by rhythmical pattern and meter. It usually has four or more lines and can be referred to as a verse.

List of stanza names according to the number of lines:

Two - Couplet

Three - Tercet

Four - Quatrain

Five - Cinquain


Other stanza names:

Ballad Stanza

Ottava Rima


Stanzas are used in poetry for structure. The length and pattern of the stanza decides what type of poem it is.


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