a hundred-line poem

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Uncopyrightable, Jan 23, 2006.

  1. Uncopyrightable 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.
  2. Moogey Senior Member

    New Jersey, USA
    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.

  3. foxfirebrand

    foxfirebrand Senior Member

    The Northern Rockies
    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?"
  4. Vanda

    Vanda Moderesa de Beagá

    Belo Horizonte, BRASIL
    Português/ Brasil
    Found this:

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