A verse is a rhythmic, rhyme unit in a poem. In hymns, a stanza is one set
of words that fit the tune when sung through once. Sometimes the stanza can
change depending on whether, for example, the tune is CM or CM doubled.
However, the author usually has a sense of what s/he wants in a stanza.
Needless to say, what we sing one time through the tune is not a verse, but
probably a couple verses, even though it is one stanza.
Simon Kershaw wrote:
> Bob White wrote:
> > In poetry, the verse is one line, a stanza is a collection of verses.
> This is, however, one of those technicalities best ignored, as it is by
> all other speakers of English, to whom a 'verse' is a group of lines,
> usually the same number of lines throughout the whole, and in a hymn or
> song usually sung to the same repeated tune. And a stanza is just a
> technical, posh Italian(?), synonym for a verse. Who cares what the
> experts think?
> Simon Kershaw
> St Ives, Cambridgeshire
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