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.
- 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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