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Italian, "room." Stanza is used in poetry to refer to a unit of a larger poem. A stanza may have a self-contained rhyme scheme[?] or be made up a fixed number of lines (see distich/couplet, tercet, quatrain, cinquain/quintain, sestet[?]) or in modern poetry be an arbitrary unit defined by publishing conventions like white space or punctuation.

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