Balassi Stanza

The Balassi Stanza was developed by Baron Bálint Balassi de Kékkő et Gyarmat, a 16th century Hungarian lyricist. Baron Balassi, the founder of modern Hungarian poetry, was the first person to write erotic poetry in Hungarian.

To create one of his stanzas, Baron Balassi took an existing three-line format and broke it down further. Each of the three lines had 19 syllables, for a total syllable count of 57:
19 – 19 – 19.

Balassi changed each line to a syllable pattern of 6 – 6 – 7 (still 19 syllables). The three lines then became 667 | 667 | 667.

After he changed the syllable pattern, Balassi added a rhyming scheme:
aab | ccb | ddb.

Poetry written using Baron Balassi’s syllable count and rhyming pattern can be written as a one-stanza poem or with multiple stanzas.