Couplet – A two line Stanza
Tercet – Three Line Stanza
Quatrain – Four line Stanza
Quintain – Five line Stanza
Sestet – Six line stanza
Heptastich – Seven line stanza
Octave – Eight line stanza
A stanza, line, part of a line, or phrase, generally pertinent to the
central topic, which is repeated verbatim, usually at regular intervals
throughout a poem, most often at the end of a stanza.
The continuation of a complete idea (a sentence or clause) from one line or
couplet of a poem to the next line or couplet without a pause. Enjambment comes
from the French word for “to straddle.”
A natural pause or break in a line of poetry, usually near the middle of the
Example: “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” by Elizabeth Barrett
(The pause or caesura
is after the ?)
A short final stanza of a poem
Poetry written without rhymes usually in iambic pentameter.
Phrases or lines are repeated in succeeding stanzas.
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