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Poetry made up of lines of the same approximate meter and length, not broken up into stanzas, is called stichic (as opposed to stanzaic, e.g.). Most poetry from the Old English period is considered stichic. A more contemporary example is Joanna Baille's "Hay making"[1][2][3]


  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary 2nd ed. 1989
  2. ^ The New Princeton Encyclopedia for Poetry and Poetics, 1993. Entry for stichos
  3. ^ Fussell, Paul. Poetic Meter and Poetic Form. Rev. ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1979.