common meter

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Noun1.common meter - the usual (iambic) meter of a ballad
cadence, metre, meter, measure, beat - (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
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The only exception to this common meter versification is line 15,
Read presents the tunes in order based on their poetic meter and harmonic mode: Common Meter, major mode; Common Meter, minor mode; Long Meter, major mode, and so on.
In speaking of Sternhold's use of Common Meter, often called "ballad meter," the author upholds the view advanced by others, that - far from adopting an already-popular meter from balladry - it was Sternhold's metrical psalms that made the meter popular.