strophe

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n strophe one section of a lyric poem or choral ode in classical Greek drama
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Strophe In Greek choruses and dances, the movement of the chorus while turning from the right to the left of the orchestra; hence, the strain, or part of the choral ode, sung during this movement. Also sometimes used of a stanza of modern verse. See the Note under Antistrophe.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n strophe In ancient prosody: A system the metrical form of which is repeated once or oftener in the course of a poem; also, a stanza in modern poetry.
    • n strophe In a narrower sense— The former of two metrically corresponding systems, as distinguished from the latter or antistrophe.
    • n strophe The fourth part of the parabasis and first part of the epirrhematic syzygy. It is hymnic in character, as opposed to the scoptic tone of the epirrhema.
    • n strophe In botany, one of the spirals formed in the development of leaves.
    • n strophe In music, one of the more or less complete divisions into which a piece in song or dance form is divided: analogous to stanza in verse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Strophe strōf′e in the ancient drama, the song sung by the chorus while dancing towards one side of the orchestra, to which its reverse, the antistrophe, answers
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., from Gr. , fr. to twist, to turn; perh. akin to E. strap,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.

Usage

In literature:

Eloise was radiant, for her heart was singing within her a splendid strophe of joy.
"Flower of the Dusk" by Myrtle Reed
The strophe begins suddenly.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
He takes few words to tell what has given rise to innumerable strophes.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 6 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
The song rarely exceeded one strophe; the lay frequently did.
"A Popular History of the Art of Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
These groups are called stanzas or strophes.
"The Principles of English Versification" by Paull Franklin Baum
There are always two concerned, who alternately sing the strophes.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
It is full of grim fire, and the second strophe is at first simply terrible with awe.
"Contemporary American Composers" by Rupert Hughes
Matter like this asks a new strophe.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 85, November, 1864" by Various
The term strophe has come to be used also for verse paragraphs where there is no antistrophic arrangement.
"Select Masterpieces of Biblical Literature" by Various
May I remark, by the way, that the Psalm falls rather into three strophes than into two.
"Notes and Queries, Number 218, December 31, 1853" by Various
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In poetry:

The silver strophe… the canto
bright with myth… Such
distances leap landward without
evil smile. And, as for me….
"The Visible, The Untrue" by Harold Hart Crane

In news:

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