a hundred-line poem


New Member
Jordan - Arabic
Hello all,
What is the term used to tell that a poem is composed of 100 lines?
Well, there is a word 'cento', but this means that the poem itself is taken from various poems, and then shaped into a hundred lines.
What I am looking for is a 'term' used to describe a poem of 100 lines on its own; i.e. originally composed by a person to be a 100 lines.
  • Moogey

    Senior Member
    USA English
    Hello uncopyrightable,

    I'm not sure of the term, I don't think there is one. Maybe there is, but I don't think so. This post bumps your topic so perhaps somebody else will know.



    Senior Member
    Southern AE greatly modified by a 1st-generation Scottish-American mother, and growing up abroad.
    A century. No, seriously-- I'm pretty sure I've run across that arcane term. Couplets, tercets, quatrains, sestets (not sextets, those are musical groups), octaves-- these are common. Decades, vingtaines-- not so common.

    Of course these are words for stanzas, not poems. A more common word for a hundred-line poem would be an ode or a canto, but neither of those mean anything more specific than a longer poem-- and a canto is usually part of a larger work, like a chapter in a novel.

    Or coin your own term! Like centavo-- get it? "Coin" your own term?"
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