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  • I reached the end of the refrain before Aloine's first stanza.†   (source)
  • The last stanzas were written the same week last year that J.T. Telio disappeared.†   (source)
  • Lines and stanzas are necessities in poetry, but if the poem is any good, its basic unit of meaning is the sentence, just as in all other writing.†   (source)
  • But Sean kept booming on, right through to the final stanza: When can their glory fade?†   (source)
  • A few more stanzas, and they cracked open, revealing a triangular crevice.†   (source)
  • Her gaze caught on one of the stanzas: The dream-child moving through a land Of wonders, wild and new, In friendly chat with bird or beast— And half believed it true.†   (source)
  • I hummed a stanza of Areida's favorite song, a sad one, about a farmer whose family is starving.†   (source)
  • In the lull that followed, Eragon picked up the scrap of paper from between the trees and examined her stanzas, as if reading them for the first time.†   (source)
  • I could only afford part of a stanza.†   (source)
  • The rest of his time Nicholas spent investigating miracles, trying to learn the tricks his mother used to move saltcellars with her mind, and writing passionate stanzas to Amanda, who sent them back by return mail, corrected and improved, without deterring her admirer in the least.†   (source)
  • Mrs. Nora Baines sang three stanzas of "The Old Rugged Cross," a somber, surefire tearjerker at any funeral, but at Seth's it failed to provoke emotion.†   (source)
  • Perry produced his harmonica (his since yesterday, when he stole it from a Barstow variety store) and played the opening bars of what had come to be their "marching music"; the song was one of Perry's favorites, and he had taught Dick all five stanzas.†   (source)
  • Somehow both Neferet and Loren managed to end up in the center of the circle as he finished reciting the stanza.†   (source)
  • Before the first stanza of "Pomp and Circumstance" is over, people are screaming.†   (source)
  • Tereza could not address a single question, a single word, to any of the women; the only response she would have got was the next stanza of the current song.†   (source)
  • I searched my mind for a stanza to recite.†   (source)
  • In October the Boston Gazette ran the words to a song of several stanzas, supposed to have been written by the sage of Monticello to be sung to the tune of "Yankee Doodle": Of all the damsels on the green On mountain, or in valley A lass so luscious ne'er was seen, As Monticellian Sally.†   (source)
  • complete in itself, is the first stanza in a much longer work called The Dark Tower.†   (source)
  • She brought her songs back from the savage lands, and one of the three that has been passed down to us is "Eighteen Stanzas for a Barbarian Reed Pipe," a song that Chinese sing to their own instruments.†   (source)
  • I sing the words until the second stanza, when I can't remember them.†   (source)
  • We alternate stanzas, first Finch, then me, Finch, then me.†   (source)
  • It has as much to do with the energy released by linguistic fission and fusion, with the buoyancy generated by cadence and tone and rhyme and stanza, as it has to do with the poem's concerns or the poet's truthfulness.†   (source)
  • The aging bachelor edging up on Stanza 4,000 as the electric fan stirs the stifling prairie heat: "Sing now, ye trolls and Nibelungs, sing no more The tunes that HARALD made in her praise, But into mourning turn your former lays: O blackest curse!†   (source)
  • I'll allow you no more than three stanzas.†   (source)
  • After two or three stanzas and several images by which he himself was struck, his work took possession of him and he felt the approach of what is called inspiration.†   (source)
  • In the final stanza, it's clear that that's what he's waiting for.   (source)
    stanza = part of a poem or song that has other such parts--each part consisting of a fixed number of lines
  • My father sings all four stanzas of "The Hanging Tree" and reminds me that my mother--who sleeps in a chair between shifts--isn't to know about it.   (source)
    stanzas = parts of a poem or song where each part consists of a fixed number of lines
  • And hour upon hour, stanza upon stanza, her little needle would go round and round.†   (source)
  • The final three stanzas of "Song of Myself" were also highlighted.†   (source)
  • It is not in Vronsky's saddlebags;
    Not in Sonnet XXX, stanza one;
    Not on twenty-seven red ...†   (source)
  • "First stanza," I announced, advancing and barely engaging, foible-a-foible.†   (source)
  • Our voices slow on the last stanza.†   (source)
  • We would notice that something funny is going on, that in fact he uses the same six words to end the lines in every stanza, but who has a name for that?†   (source)
  • THERE'S A VERY OLD TRADITION in poetry of adding a little stanza, shorter than the rest, at the end of a long narrative poem or sometimes a book of poems.†   (source)
  • He later did so, and Andrews' farewell message turned out to be the ninth stanza of Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard": The boasts of heraldry, the pomp of pow'r, And all that beauty, all that wealth e'er gave, Await alike the inevitable hour: The paths of glory lead but to the grave.†   (source)
  • "Second stanza— "I sing of two lasses in Birmingham, "Shall we weep at the scandal concerning them?"†   (source)
  • Or, he would quote a few stanzas of Gray's Elegy, using that encyclopaedia of stock melancholy with rather indefinite application: "—Await alike th' inevitable hour, The paths of glory lead but to the grave."†   (source)
  • With a sort of grave courtesy he completed the stanza: 'Oranges and lemons, say the bells of St Clement's, You owe me three farthings, say the bells of St Martin's, When will you pay me?†   (source)
  • After a year, the father pressed again his question, but the youth persisted in refusal, with further stanzas from the poets.†   (source)
  • Twelve yearning stanzas.†   (source)
  • The President switched off the music and, with the final note of the final stanza, there was absolute silence-the silence of stretched expectancy, quivering and creeping with a galvanic life.†   (source)
  • The larger portion of the bard's song is devoted to the Imperishable, which lives in him, only a brief stanza to the details of his personal biography.†   (source)
  • Again twelve stanzas.†   (source)
  • And the mountains clove asunder; On the shore the stones were shattered:6 The stanza of the hero-bard resounds with the magic of the word of power; similarly, the sword edge of the hero-warrior flashes with the energy of the creative Source: before it fall the shells of the Outworn.†   (source)
  • Two stanzas of it will do: "A MISSOURI MAIDEN'S FAREWELL TO ALABAMA "Alabama, good-bye!†   (source)
  • He turned over the pages, rejoicing in the clear type; he read out a stanza.†   (source)
  • Vague and quaint imaginings had haunted Sue in the days when her intellect scintillated like a star, that the world resembled a stanza or melody composed in a dream; it was wonderfully excellent to the half-aroused intelligence, but hopelessly absurd at the full waking; that the first cause worked automatically like a somnambulist, and not reflectively like a sage; that at the framing of the terrestrial conditions there seemed never to have been contemplated such a development of emotional perceptiveness among the creatures subject to those conditions as that reached by thinking and educated humanity.†   (source)
  • He leaned across two men to slap the indignant dean on the shoulder; he contradicted his neighbors; he sang a stanza of "I'm Bound Away for the Wild Missourai.†   (source)
  • As stanza after stanza of it thundered forth, he sat with his hands clasped, trembling in every nerve.†   (source)
  • He glanced at his own white taper fingers, shuddering slightly in spite of himself, and passed on, till he came to those lovely stanzas upon Venice:— "Sur une gamme chromatique, Le sein de perles ruisselant, La Venus de l'Adriatique Sort de l'eau son corps rose et blanc.†   (source)
  • He lay back and, tearing open the packet, placed the last cigarette on the window ledge and began to write out the stanzas of the villanelle in small neat letters on the rough cardboard surface.†   (source)
  • He had the ghost of two stanzas of a poem forming in his mind.... So the gray car crept nightward in the dark and there was no life stirred as it went by....As the still ocean paths before the shark in starred and glittering waterways, beauty-high, the moon-swathed trees divided, pair on pair, while flapping nightbirds cried across the air.... A moment by an inn of lamps and shades, a yellow inn under a yellow moon—then silence, where crescendo laughter fades...the car swung out again to the winds of June, mellowed the shadows where the distance grew, then crushed the yellow shadows into blue.... They jolted to a stop, and Amory peered up, startled.†   (source)
  • The most overpowering phrase of the melody occurs three times, always in its modulating second half—the third time, then, being in the reprise of the last half-stanza that begins "And many now the hours."†   (source)
  • He rocked it faster while his eyes began to read the second stanza: Within this narrow cell reclines her clay, That clay where once... It was useless.†   (source)
  • We talked for hours over single stanzas, and I found him reading into them a wail of regret and a rebellion which, for the life of me, I could not discover myself.†   (source)
  • She finished the concluding stanza without faltering and then slowly guided the conversation into less perilous channels.†   (source)
  • It was a strong, warm baritone, and its song was in three parts, consisting of a frame of two closely related stanzas, quite religious in nature, almost in the style of a Protestant chorale, and a middle stanza that had a gallant, chivalresque spirit, warlike, lighthearted, but equally devout—which was what gave it such a French military feel.†   (source)
  • Charles Lamb, with his infinite tact, attempting to, might have drawn charming pictures of the life of his day; Lord Byron in a stanza of Don Juan, aiming at the impossible, might have achieved the sublime; Oscar Wilde, heaping jewels of Ispahan upon brocades of Byzantium, might have created a troubling beauty.†   (source)
  • As she roars her song, in a voice of which it is enough to say that it leaves no portion of the room vacant, the three musicians follow her, laboriously and note by note, but averaging one note behind; thus they toil through stanza after stanza of a lovesick swain's lamentation:— "Sudiev' kvietkeli, tu brangiausis; Sudiev' ir laime, man biednam, Matau—paskyre teip Aukszcziausis, Jog vargt ant svieto reik vienam!"†   (source)
  • In the latter case, it is sung to the basic melody, usually in simplified form, one stanza after the other; whereas here the original melody is already varied in a minor key by the second of the three eight-line stanzas, reemerges very beautifully in the major by the time the third stanza begins, is then dramatically abandoned in the "cold winds" that blow your hat from your head, and only finds its way back again in the last four lines of the stanza, where it is then repeated so that the song can be sung to an end.†   (source)
  • It was a strong, warm baritone, and its song was in three parts, consisting of a frame of two closely related stanzas, quite religious in nature, almost in the style of a Protestant chorale, and a middle stanza that had a gallant, chivalresque spirit, warlike, lighthearted, but equally devout—which was what gave it such a French military feel.†   (source)
  • In the latter case, it is sung to the basic melody, usually in simplified form, one stanza after the other; whereas here the original melody is already varied in a minor key by the second of the three eight-line stanzas, reemerges very beautifully in the major by the time the third stanza begins, is then dramatically abandoned in the "cold winds" that blow your hat from your head, and only finds its way back again in the last four lines of the stanza, where it is then repeated so that the song can be sung to an end.†   (source)
  • Elizabeth's eyes were fixed on her with most painful sensations, and she watched her progress through the several stanzas with an impatience which was very ill rewarded at their close; for Mary, on receiving, amongst the thanks of the table, the hint of a hope that she might be prevailed on to favor them again, after the pause of half a minute began another.†   (source)
  • But I can remember nothing;—not even that particular riddle which you have heard me mention; I can only recollect the first stanza; and there are several.†   (source)
  • And an instant afterwards, at the accents which she imparted to this stanza,— ~Alarabes de cavallo Sin poderse menear, Con espadas, y los cuellos, Ballestas de buen echar~, Gringoire felt the tears start to his eyes.†   (source)
  • Considering that Fred was not at all coarse, that he rather looked down on the manners and speech of young men who had not been to the university, and that he had written stanzas as pastoral and unvoluptuous as his flute-playing, his attraction towards Bambridge and Horrock was an interesting fact which even the love of horse-flesh would not wholly account for without that mysterious influence of Naming which determinates so much of mortal choice.†   (source)
  • A character is like an acrostic or Alexandrian stanza;[194]—read it forward, backward, or across, it still spells the same thing.†   (source)
  • Here I heard myself apostrophised as a "hard little thing;" and it was added, "any other woman would have been melted to marrow at hearing such stanzas crooned in her praise."†   (source)
  • Four maidens, Rowena leading the choir, raised a hymn for the soul of the deceased, of which we have only been able to decipher two or three stanzas:— Dust unto dust, To this all must; The tenant hath resign'd The faded form To waste and worm— Corruption claims her kind.†   (source)
  • Emmy, quite at ease, as this was her husband's only cause of disquiet, took his hand, and with a radiant face and smile began to warble that stanza from the favourite song of "Wapping Old Stairs," in which the heroine, after rebuking her Tom for inattention, promises "his trousers to mend, and his grog too to make," if he will be constant and kind, and not forsake her.†   (source)
  • By the time the last stanza was reached, the half-drunken enthusiasm had risen to such a pitch, that everybody joined in and sang it clear through from the beginning, producing a volume of villainous sound that made the rafters quake.†   (source)
  • This ended, in prolonged solemn tones, like the continual tolling of a bell in a ship that is foundering at sea in a fog—in such tones he commenced reading the following hymn; but changing his manner towards the concluding stanzas, burst forth with a pealing exultation and joy— "The ribs and terrors in the whale, Arched over me a dismal gloom, While all God's sun-lit waves rolled by, And lift me deepening down to doom.†   (source)
  • After essaying its virtues repeatedly, in contrast with his own voice, and, satisfying himself that none of its melody was lost, he made a very serious demonstration toward achieving a few stanzas of one of the longest effusions in the little volume so often mentioned.†   (source)
  • Dot-and-go-One disencumbered himself of his timber leg and took his place, upon sound and healthy limbs, beside his fellow-rascal; then they roared out a rollicking ditty, and were reinforced by the whole crew, at the end of each stanza, in a rousing chorus.†   (source)
  • During the intervals of the stanzas of this ditty, the good-natured personage addressed as Mamma by the singer, and whose large whiskers appeared under her cap, seemed very anxious to exhibit her maternal affection by embracing the innocent creature who performed the daughter's part.†   (source)
  • Such verses have been triumphed over in parodies of which Dr. Johnson's Stanza is a fair specimen.†   (source)
  • This stichic verse, a single unit repeated row on row, corresponds better to epic hexameters than the rhymed stanzas of lyrics or ballads that were first tried in vernacular epics.†   (source)
  • My meaning will be rendered perfectly intelligible by referring my Reader to the Poems entitled POOR SUSAN and the CHILDLESS FATHER, particularly to the last Stanza of the latter Poem.†   (source)
  • The six concluding lines I remember, though I have forgotten the two first of the stanza; but the purport of them was, that his censures proceeded from good-will, and, therefore, he would be known to be the author.†   (source)
  • Not from the metre, not from the language, not from the order of the words; but the matter expressed in Dr. Johnson's stanza is contemptible.†   (source)
  • There are words in both, for example, "the Strand," and "the Town," connected with none but the most familiar ideas; yet the one stanza we admit as admirable, and the other as a fair example of the superlatively contemptible.†   (source)
  • The proper method of treating trivial and simple verses to which Dr. Johnson's stanza would be a fair parallelism is not to say, this is a bad kind of poetry, or this is not poetry; but this wants sense; it is neither interesting in itself, nor can lead to any thing interesting; the images neither originate in that same state of feeling which arises out of thought, nor can excite thought or feeling in the Reader.†   (source)
  • In both these stanzas the words, and the order of the words, in no respect differ from the most unimpassioned conversation.†   (source)
  • Immediately under these lines I will place one of the most justly admired stanzas of the "Babes in the Wood."†   (source)
  • to attain by various means; by tracing the maternal passion through many of its more subtle windings, as in the poems of the IDIOT BOY and the MAD MOTHER; by accompanying the last struggles of a human being, at the approach of death, cleaving in solitude to life and society, as in the Poem of the FORSAKEN INDIAN; by shewing, as in the Stanzas entitled WE ARE SEVEN, the perplexity and obscurity which in childhood attend our notion of death, or rather our utter inability to admit that notion; or by displaying the strength of fraternal, or to speak more philosophically, of moral attachment when early associated with the great and beautiful objects of nature, as in THE BROTHERS; or, as i†   (source)
  • Come, more: another stanza.†   (source)
  • Having concluded the stanza he discharged an arrow at the top of the castle, and went back to his place.†   (source)
  • And in confirmation of the truth of what I say, let me repeat to thee a stanza made by the famous poet Luigi Tansillo at the end of the first part of his 'Tears of Saint Peter,' which says thus: The anguish and the shame but greater grew In Peter's heart as morning slowly came; No eye was there to see him, well he knew, Yet he himself was to himself a shame; Exposed to all men's gaze, or screened from view, A noble heart will feel the pang the same; A prey to shame the sinning soul will be, Though none but heaven and earth its shame can see.†   (source)
  • Call you them stanzas?†   (source)
  • "Of a truth," said Don Quixote, "your worship has a most excellent voice; but what you sang did not seem to me very much to the purpose; for what have Garcilasso's stanzas to do with the death of this lady?"†   (source)
  • "I," said Don Quixote, "have some little smattering of Italian, and I plume myself on singing some of Ariosto's stanzas; but tell me, señor—I do not say this to test your ability, but merely out of curiosity—have you ever met with the word pignatta in your book?"†   (source)
  • While they were talking, the musician, singer, and poet, who had sung the two stanzas given above came in, and making a profound obeisance to Don Quixote said, "Will your worship, sir knight, reckon and retain me in the number of your most faithful servants, for I have long been a great admirer of yours, as well because of your fame as because of your achievements?"†   (source)
  • Then, beside the pillow of what seemed to be the dead body, suddenly appeared a fair youth in a Roman habit, who, to the accompaniment of a harp which he himself played, sang in a sweet and clear voice these two stanzas: While fair Altisidora, who the sport Of cold Don Quixote's cruelty hath been, Returns to life, and in this magic court The dames in sables come to grace the scene, And while her matrons all in seemly sort My lady robes in baize and bombazine, Her beauty and her sorrows will I sing With defter quill than touched the Thracian string.†   (source)
  • The bachelor replied that although he was not one of the famous poets of Spain, who were, they said, only three and a half, he would not fail to compose the required verses; though he saw a great difficulty in the task, as the letters which made up the name were seventeen; so, if he made four ballad stanzas of four lines each, there would be a letter over, and if he made them of five, what they called decimas or redondillas, there were three letters short; nevertheless he would try to drop a letter as well as he could, so that the name "Dulcinea del Toboso" might be got into four ballad stanzas.†   (source)
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