What is a Stanza in Poetry? - Definition & Examples


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What is a stanza?

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1. Which of the following statements is FALSE?

2. Which of the following poems uses ottava rima?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Most poems, especially older ones, are divided into individual segments known as stanzas. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the features of stanzas in a poem. Some things you'll be assessed on include the definition of a stanza, true and false statements about stanzas, and which poems use ottava rima.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your ability to:

  • Define stanza
  • Differentiate between true and false statements about stanzas
  • Identify a poem that uses ottava rima
  • Recall when stanza enjambment occurs

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the features of stanzas
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about specific types of stanzas and how they are used in poems
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information on stanzas and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about stanzas, review the lesson What is a Stanza in Poetry? - Definition & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define rhyme scheme and free verse
  • Recognize couplets
  • Identify the rhyme scheme of a ballad stanza