One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The first section of an ancient Greek choral ode or of one division of it.
stanza, stave, cantoView synonyms
- ‘It puts an end to the cyclic character of the six strophes and opens the door back into quotidian time.’
- ‘Most celebrated were the Epodes, songs in simple strophes usually made up of a hexameter or iambic trimeter plus one or two shorter cola.’
- ‘One female sang two short strophes of a typically male song.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘We measured song repertoire size as the number of different song figures in 25 consecutive song strophes.’
- ‘Frequency and strophe length were measured in narrow and wide band modes, respectively.’
- ‘The distance between the two vertical arrows indicates the strophe length.’
- 1.1 A group of lines forming a section of a lyric poem.
- ‘There are surreal poems like ‘Battle Report,’ with its opening strophe.’
- ‘He believes that the syllable count of poetic lines, strophes, stanzas, and poems was essential to the writing of biblical poetry.’
- ‘Such are the strophes exchanged between America's intellectual divinities.’
- ‘Syllabic verse is generally organized in four-line strophes, whereas the number of lines in a rosc passage is not fixed.’
- ‘Her specific topics are seen as well in the first strophe, along with a judgment of the quality of her voice.’
- ‘It deals with the time factor employed in or between lines or units or strophes of poetry.’
- ‘The poem's initial strophe is careful, slow-moving, tonally sophisticated, and somewhat puzzling.’
- ‘Fourthly, there is a subtle, but powerful alliteration in the fourth line of the second strophe, ‘Amidst an ocean full of flying fishes’.’
- ‘The poem's closing strophe shows how Kaufman had become a master in capturing the lyrical qualities of the music and bringing them to bear in his poetry.’
- ‘In some strophes of the poem I tried to depict the tempest, followed by the calm of the sea.’
- ‘Though the poems were in a European habit, Bialik imbues them with Biblical strophes, as well as prophetic metaphor, syntax, and meter.’
- ‘The order in strophe one appears in stanza two as 6 i, 5 2, 4 3.’
- ‘An ‘aria’ was distinguished from a ‘madrigal’ in having a strophic text, with the same music, or a variation of it, set to each strophe.’
- ‘The most usual skaldic metre is ‘dróttkvaett ’, a strophe which consists of eight six-syllable lines, each ending in a trochee.’
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.
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