Goal: Find out stanza form Guesses? I never saw a purple cow, I never hope to see one; But I can tell you, anyhow I’d rather see than be one Poetry Terms *Couplet – two line stanza *Tercet – three line stanza *Quatrain – four line stanza *Sestet – six line stanza *Octave – eight line stanza Couplet are two rhymes of verse (typically rhyming a a) In winter, when the fields are white, I sing this song for your delight - In spring, when woods are getting green, I'll try and tell you what I mean. In summer, when the days are long, Perhaps you'll understand the song: In autumn, when the leaves are brown, Take pen and ink, and write it down. Three line stanza ; just like a couplet; this can sometimes rhyme Alfred Tennyson, Lord Tennyson The Eagle He clasps the crag with crooked hands; Close to the sun in lonely lands, Ringed with the azure world, he stands. The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls; He watches from his mountain walls, And like a thunderbolt he falls. A quatrain consists of four rhymed lines. The rhyme takes various rhyme schemes ( a a a a, a b a b, a b a c, etc.) Six line stanza—used to refer to the last six lines of a sonnet Sonnet is a fourteen-line stanza form consisting of iambic pentameter lines. ◦ There are two kinds: petrarchan and Shakespearean The main character or protagonist is heroically larger than life, often the source and subject of legend or a national hero The deeds of the hero are presented without favoritism, revealing his failings as well as his virtues The action, often in battle, reveals the more-than-human strength of the heroes as they engage in acts of heroism and courage Examples: The setting covers several nations, the whole world, or even the universe The episodes, even though they may be fictional, provide an explanation for some of the circumstances or events in the history of a nation or people The gods, lesser divinities, or outside forces play an active role in the outcome of actions All of the various adventures form an organic whole, where each event relates in some way to the central theme Hero typically ends up “bringing back the boon” or saving society in some way *Dramatic Poetry- Poetry in which one or more characters speak ◦ Examples: ◦ Excerpts of Shakespeare ◦ Any poem with dialogue I never saw a purple cow, I never hope to see one; But I can tell you, anyhow I’d rather see than be one Ah, yes, I wrote the "Purple Cow"— I'm Sorry, now, I wrote it; But I can tell you Anyhow I'll Kill you if you Quote it!