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01154--[What is] Write a short note on Stanza Structure.



understand stanza structure Poets often use a poem’s stanza structure to reflect or emphasize the poem’s main ideas.  Stanzas, or groupings of lines, are used to group ideas.  Byron often uses traditional stanza structures, in which all of the stanzas contain the same number of lines and often the same rhyme scheme and meter.  Traditional stanza structures include • the quatrain, consisting of four lines • the sestet, consisting of six lines • the octave, consisting of eight lines A more unusual, but still traditional, type of stanza is the Spenserian stanza, so named for the poet who created it, Edmund Spenser.  In Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, Byron uses the Spenserian stanza, which consists of nine iambic lines rhyming in the pattern ababbcbcc.  Each of the first eight lines contains five feet (pentameter), and the ninth, called an alexandrine, contains six (hexameter).  The rhyming pattern of the stanza creates unity, and the six-foot line slows the rhythm of the stanza’s ending, giving it a more dignified pace.

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