Definition of ballad stanza in English:

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ballad stanza

Entry from US English dictionary


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.
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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Syllabification: bal·lad stan·za

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