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Stanza Patterns - Definitions
Definitions of stanza patterns. See my other stanza quizzes.
unrhymed iambic pentameter
rhymed, closed, iambic pentameter couplets.
fourteen lines in iambic pentameter with one of several rhyme schemes
sonnet that rhymes ababcdcdefefgg, has three quatrains and a couplet. The quatrains present a problem and the couplet makes a comment on it.
sonnet that rhymes abbaabba in the octet with some combination of cd and e in the sestet. Octet presents the problem, and the sestet resolves it.
sonnet with difficult rhyme scheme, ababbcbccdcdee.
sonnet with any rhyme scheme the poet wants.
quatrain rhyming abcb with the odd-numbered lines in iambic tetrameter and the even numbered lines in iambic trimeter.
nine-line stanza with first eight lines in iambic pentameter, and the ninth is an alexandrine, a six-foot line. Rhyme scheme is ababbcbcc.
tercets rhyming aba, bcb, cdc, etc. with interlocking rhyme.
seven line stanza in iambic pentameter and rhymes ababbcc.
six-line stanza rhyming aaabab. Lines 1,2, 3 and 5 are tetrameter, and lines 4 and 6 are dimeter.