ballad stanza


ballad stanza
a four-line stanza consisting of unrhymed first and third lines in iambic tetrameter and rhymed second and fourth lines in iambic trimeter, often used in ballads.
[1930-35]

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      a verse stanza common in English ballads that consists of two lines in ballad metre (common metre), usually printed as a four-line stanza with a rhyme scheme of abcb, as in The Wife of Usher's Well, which begins:

      There lived a wife at Usher's Well,
And a wealthy wife was she;
She had three stout and stalwart sons,
And sent them o'er the sea.

      They hadna been a week from her,
A week but barely ane,
Whan word came to the carlin wife,
That her three sons were gane.

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