Definition of strophe in English:

strophe

Line breaks: strophe
Pronunciation: /ˈstrəʊfi
 
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noun

1The first section of an ancient Greek choral ode or of one division of it.
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  • Most celebrated were the Epodes, songs in simple strophes usually made up of a hexameter or iambic trimeter plus one or two shorter cola.
  • For example, in Schubert's Heidenröslein three verses, or strophes, are set to the same melody, with no alterations to the voice part or the piano accompaniment.
  • It puts an end to the cyclic character of the six strophes and opens the door back into quotidian time.
1.1A group of lines forming a section of a lyric poem.
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  • It deals with the time factor employed in or between lines or units or strophes of poetry.
  • The most usual skaldic metre is ‘dróttkvaett ’, a strophe which consists of eight six-syllable lines, each ending in a trochee.
  • Fourthly, there is a subtle, but powerful alliteration in the fourth line of the second strophe, ‘Amidst an ocean full of flying fishes’.

Origin

early 17th century: from Greek strophē, literally 'turning', from strephein 'to turn': the term originally denoted a movement from right to left made by a Greek chorus, or lines of choral song recited during this.

Derivatives

strophic

adjective
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  • His poems are written in regular stanzas, either strophic or triadic.
  • The more reflective, sentimental, strophic Cancion is represented to a lesser extent.
  • There is an almost ritual use of repetition in the strophic or modified strophic songs.

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