The recurrence in poetry of a rhytmic pattern, or the thythm established by the regular occurence of similar units of sound.
The study of the patterns of rhythm in poetry.
Frequently a synonym for meter, measure is more strictly either a metrical gropuing, such as a foot, or a period of time.
A classical quantitative measure, usually with the pattern Spondee, Dactyl, and three Trochees.
A theory employing the methods of transformational generative linguistics. This theory sees a number of positions in a line rather than a number of feet.
A meterological term having to do with unequal weight or atmostpheric pressure, also used in prosody for rhyming syllables that bear significantly different levels of accent.
A meterological term having to do with equal weight or atmospheric pressure, also used for syllables that bear the same level of stress. Most rhymes in English verse are between syllables that are stressed equally.
In 1943 Percy Simpson published an article entitled "The Rhyming of Stressed with Unstressed Syllables" whereupon C.S. Lewis used Simpsonian for such Anisobaric rhymes as that between "Cupid" and "did"
In Metrics, a kind of Substitution, in which a foot equal to the one expected but different fro it is used. In quantitative verse, one long syllable was considered the equivalent of two short syllables, and thus a SPONDEE could be substituted for an ANAPEST or for a DACTYL.
Used by the Greeks to refer to stressed syllables; used later in Latin for unstressed syllables. Rarely used today in prosody, but when the are, the Latin usage is intended.
A stressed syllable. In Greek usage, it was the unstressed syllable.
An ancient Greek measure, usually consisting of three quantitative feet: Dactyl, Trochee, trochee or spondee.
an ancient Greek measure, normally following the quantative series: Spondee, two or three choriams, and an iamb.
A kind of free verse, which regards meter and form as artifial, and in which the poet projects a voice primarily through the content and the propulsive quality of breathing, which alone determines the line; also called "breath verse" because of this primary role of breathing in determining the line structure.