Definition of ballad stanza in English:

ballad stanza

Syllabification: bal·lad stan·za

noun

Prosody
A four-line stanza in iambic meter in which the first and third unrhymed lines have four metrical feet and the second and fourth rhyming lines have three metrical feet.
More example sentences
  • The hymn stanza grew out of the ballad stanza: four beats, three beats, four beats, three beats in alternating isochronous lines.
  • In a few poems, he combines Blues rhythm and ballad stanza, as in the third stanza of ‘Three Folk Songs’.
  • In this way of talking, the ballad stanza alternates tetrameters (four-foot lines) with trimeters (three-foot lines).

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