A group of four lines of verse.
stanza, strophe, stave, cantoView synonyms
- ‘There is no alteration in the words; but the two tetrastichs composing the first stanza are transposed.’
- ‘If Edward Cowell hadn't been able to interest Edward FitzGerald in the study of the Persian language in 1852 and brought to FitzGerald's notice in 1856 a Persian manuscript in the Bodleian Library at Oxford, then FitzGerald would not have translated these ‘Epicurean tetrastichs by a Persian of the eleventh century’.’
- ‘They are called the Ausonii Tetrastichon because they are a series of tetrastichs - four-line stanzas - by the fourth century Gallo-Roman poet Ausonius.’
- ‘That this is a work adapted from Ovid's poem is evident from the prominent authorial emphasis given to Johannes Posthius of Germersheim on the title-page: he is the author of the German and Latin tetrastichs which make up the text of the book.’
- ‘The original Rubaiyat (as, missing an Arabic guttural, these tetrastichs are more musically called) are independent stanzas, consisting each of four lines of equal, though varied, prosody; sometimes all rhyming, but oftener (as here imitated) the third line a blank.’
Late 16th century: via Latin from Greek tetrastikhon having four rows from tetra- four + stikhon row, line of verse.
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