sprung rhythm

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sprung rhythm

n.
A poetic rhythm designed to imitate the rhythm of speech, in which each foot has one stressed syllable, either standing alone or followed by a varying number of unstressed syllables.

[Coined by Gerard Manley Hopkins.]

sprung rhythm

n
(Poetry) prosody a type of poetic rhythm characterized by metrical feet of irregular composition, each having one strongly stressed syllable, often the first, and an indefinite number of unstressed syllables

sprung′ rhythm`


n.
a poetic rhythm using strongly accented syllables, often juxtaposed, accompanied by an indefinite number of unaccented syllables.
[term introduced by Gerard Manley Hopkins (1877)]
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Noun1.sprung rhythm - a poetic rhythm that imitates the rhythm of speech
poetic rhythm, rhythmic pattern, prosody - (prosody) a system of versification
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Summer Star's essay, "'For the Inscape's Sake,'" studies the relation between prosodic theory and practice in Hopkins's sprung verse.
The topics include blank verse, the heroic couplet, the use of rhyme and half-rhyme, sprung verse, and syllabic verse, followed by a very stem chapter on free verse, usefully dividing it into free blank verse, cadenced verse, and true free verse, but warning that accomplished use of the last is a skill beyond many.