common metre

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common metre

n
(Poetry) a stanza form, used esp for hymns, consisting of four lines, two of eight syllables alternating with two of six
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9) This ballad verse generated reading and performance practices distinct from the expectations of intimacy surrounding lyric poems written and read in solitude.
Nevertheless, Chapter 3 is on much firmer ground, offering a quite careful account of early modern descriptions of voice, language, and femininity, drawing on work on art music as well as literary and physiological commentary, drama and ballad verse.
A large number are written as romances, the traditional ballad verse form.
Against this aural backdrop the voices deliver four-beat variations on the basic mono-tune, four beats being the natural meter of ballad verse.
In addition to her erudite commentary, Williams' book includes useful appendices that contain samples of ballad verses.
18) And in arguing for Catullus's lines as an early analogue, we should not underestimate the coincidence of the ballad verses comprising a four-line stanza of short questions commencing with pronouns, just as Catullus's lines all begin with pronouns.