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Welcome to Young Writers' free Poetry Glossary

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 is can be referred to as a verse.

List of stanza names according to number of lines:

2 lines = Couplet

3 lines = Tercet

4 lines = Quatrain

5 lines = 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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