How many stanzas does this poem have?
One of my classmates says three, but how can that be when there's more than three lines?
My First Memory (of Librarians)
by Nikki Giovanni
This is my first memory:
A big room with heavy wooden tables that sat on a creaky
A line of green shades—bankers’ lights—down the center
Heavy oak chairs that were too low or maybe I was simply
For me to sit in and read
So my first book was always big
In the foyer up four steps a semi-circle desk presided
To the left side the card catalogue
On the right newspapers draped over what looked like
a quilt rack
Magazines face out from the wall
The welcoming smile of my librarian
The anticipation in my heart
All those books—another world—just waiting
At my fingertips.
- 8 years agoFavorite Answer
There are three. In poetry, a stanza is like a paragraph, like a line is a sentence. Each group of lines- there are three- is a stanza.
- DineshLv 68 years ago
Your classmate was right. A new stanza simply means the poet wants your to feel a 'volta'. If the poem was split into couplets, it would contain 7 stanzas. But the poet meant it to be 3 stanzas, and that's how it should be.
- Anonymous5 years ago
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