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Stanza

Definition

A stanza is one or more groups of lines that make up the basic units of a poem. Stanzas are separated from each other by spacing or an empty line.


These are the first 2 stanzas of Maya Angelou's poem, Still I Rise, written in a quatrain stanza format.

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

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Types of Stanzas in Poetry


[n] a fixed number of lines of verse forming a unit of a poem

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