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n. pl. pros·o·dies
1. The study of the metrical structure of verse.
2. A particular system of versification.
3. The set of speech variables, including rhythm, speed, pitch, and relative emphasis, that distinguish vocal patterns.

[Middle English prosodie, from Latin prosōdia, accent, from Greek prosōidiā, song sung to music, accent : pros-, pros- + ōidē, song; see ode.]

pro·sod′ic (prə-sŏd′ĭk) adj.
pro·sod′i·cal·ly adv.
pros′o·dist n.
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are so called in honor of a poet named Leo, whom prosodists appear to
For instance, in the 1869 Rules of Rhyme, the versifier and prosodist Tom Hood claimed, "[S]ound [is] the test of rhyme, and the ear the only judge.
It is a measure of Askari's inquiring, unorthodox and agile mind that he, even though not a prosodist by training, conceived of the subject as worth exploring.
Furthermore, this is the poem's longest line, departing from the fluent pentameter that characterizes much of the rest of the poem: the line stretches out to a sort of woozy fourteener that even the most astute prosodist would have a hard time scanning.
When prosodist George Saintsbury tells me of "the rigid economy of means" in Swinburne's poem "Stage Love," with, he says, its "plain trochaic trimeter catalectic" I have to confess to being more puzzled than enlightened.
Especially welcome is the care Rudy takes to present Patmore as a deliberate and inventive prosodist whose works range far beyond the pedantry of the Angel in the House.
As poet, prosodist and epistolarian, words in their millions ran through his fingers, like the sands of the desert.
Not the perspective of a linguist, a prosodist, a historian, a philosopher, a critic or a poet; instead, that of a publisher whose specialty is the making of books?
But with so much that bespeaks a slipshod approach, how confident can the linguist or the prosodist be that Abdel-Malek's informant actually lengthened or shortened vowels as transcribed?
Webster is not only an accomplished prosodist but is furthermore, within the metrical tradition certifying that accomplishment, an exquisite innovator in the resources of blank verse.
Laments over the inadequacy and divisiveness of prosody may be, as Meredith Martin notes, a central trope of all prosodic discourse, but here goes: if the collection's central achievement is to show the many unacknowledged "dialectic[s] between poet and prosodist, between doing and theorizing" (xii), the central danger of the volume is an avoidance of scansion, however diverse it might need to be.
And he shows an equivalent alertness to the importance as well as the insignificance of rhythm in his excellent discussion of Wordsworth as prosodist and prosodic theorist: "meter makes no sense but carries the burden of sense" (107).