Definition of ballad stanza in English:

ballad stanza


  • A four-line stanza in iambic meter in which the first and third unrhymed lines have four metrical feet and the second and fourth rhyming lines have three metrical feet.

    ‘The hymn stanza grew out of the ballad stanza: four beats, three beats, four beats, three beats in alternating isochronous lines.’
    • ‘In a few poems, he combines Blues rhythm and ballad stanza, as in the third stanza of ‘Three Folk Songs’.’
    • ‘In this way of talking, the ballad stanza alternates tetrameters (four-foot lines) with trimeters (three-foot lines).’
    • ‘Cowboy poetry also characteristically employs the stress meters native to English popular poetry, but it usually employs not couplets but some variation of the traditional ballad stanza.’
    • ‘Most of the poems employ the forms of the sonnet, rhymed couplets, and ballad stanzas, and most were composed while Cullen was an undergraduate at New York University.’