Poetry – Meter and Stanza form terms Test only

Meter
the division of sounds or syllable combinations to create the beat in music or poetry

stanza
division of verse according to number of lines

couplet
a stanza of two lines

tercet
a stanza of three lines

quatrain
a stanza of four lines

cinquain
a stanza of five lines

sestet
a stanza of six lines

octave
a stanza of eight lines

haiku
a Japanese stanza or poem of three lines of 17 syllables with a nature theme

limerick
a hunorous, nonsense stanza or poem of five anapestic lines with a aabba rhyme scheme

free verse
a stanza or poem with an irregular patter of rhythm, often with an irregular or no rhyme

chant
a poem meant to be sung or spoken in a rhythmic monotone