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The regular patterns of accent that unerlie metrical verse; the metrical patterns of repetition of unaccented and accented syllables in poetry
the process of measuring metrical verse-i.e. of marking unaccented and accented syllables, dividing the line into feet, identifying the metrical pattern, and noting the significant variations from that pattern
the actual rhythm of a metrical poem as we hear it when read naturally. the heard rhythm mostly conforms to but sometimes departs from the expected rhythm
the replacement of an expected metrical foot by a different one (for instance a trochee in an otherwise iambic line)
substitution of a trochee in an otherwise iambic line, or vice versa. (inversion that occurs at the beginning of the line if called initial inversion)
one or more extra unstressed syllables at the beginnings or endings of lines (usually at the ends of iambic lines), either as a consistent feature of the metrical form of the poem or as an exception
continuation of a sentence from one line or stanza of a poem to the next so that closely related words fall on different lines. the effect of enjambment is usually either to call attention to specific words or to show the connected thought or flow between stanzas
the repetition of accented vowel sound and all succeeding sounds in closely linked words; also called perfect rhyme
a term used for words in a rhyming patten with some kind of sound correspondence (usually assonance or consonance) but are not perfect perfect rhymes; also called imperfect rhyme
a rhyme in which the repeated accented vowel is in either the second or third last syllable of the words involved
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