poulter's measure


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poul·ter's measure

(pōl′tərz)
n.
A metrical pattern employing couplets in which the first line is in iambic hexameter and the second is in iambic heptameter.

[From obsolete poulter, a poultry dealer (from the practice of giving a few extra eggs in the dozen), from Middle English pulter, from Old French pouletier; see poultry.]
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After the sixteenth century, these long lines are often broken up: poulter's measure can become 6, 6, 8, 6--a pattern often used in hymns and called "short meter.
We can see Barrett Browning as either breaking up the long poulter's measure by chopping the alexandrine in half, or as extending short meter by merging its last two lines into one.
In this reading, Barrett Browning's altered poulter's measure adds yet another tempo-another rhythm to pile onto the patterns of state and family, funeral bells, and the sudden loss of childhood.
If he is up for it in what will be a demanding week weather-wise, then the likeable Scouser has Ian Poulter's measure on all recent counts and should not be the rag in Sporting's match-up.
Dougherty took Poulter's measure in the PGA Championship (20th to Poults' missed cut), the US Open (seventh to 36th) and Munich (26th to another missed cut) and it looks as if Poulter is having problems living up to all the hype which follows this Beau Brummel of golf around the globe.
Even a poem like Gascoigne's "In prime of lustie yeares," composed in the deadly Poulter's Measure, acquires an unexpected suavity and lyricism when sung to the "Tinternell" melody that Gascoigne specified.