In a catalectic
line, there are unvoiced tactical beats and therefore more beating that voicing:
Although all the quatrains of this poem are in trochaic tetrameter, the first, second, and fourth lines of each are catalectic
, missing the final unstressed syllable (marked by a [bar]).
On one hand a select minority of readers, often trained I find in European classical music, will begin at the beginning downbeat, make as many trochees as possible, and then, coming up short for foot four, declare the line catalectic
with terminal truncation.
Pound called him Carlos and "for fifteen or eighteen years" cited Williams as the sole known American-dwelling author who could be counted on to oppose the invisible barriers set up by the collective American mindset--"the sole catalectic
in whose presence some sort of modification would take place.
The Most Creative Act': He thinks of counterpoint the/cadence of a catalectic
line that breaks/another curving back upon itself the flow/into cesura's calm texture/of vowels and consonants expectations dashed the stretch of/tension aesthetic distance.
For example, he states his (predetermined) scheme for rhythm and meter: "The former is trochaic--The latter is octometer acatalectic, alternating with heptameter catalectic
repeated in the refrain of the fifth verse, and terminating with a tetrameter cataletic" (Essays 21).
If a given text has less material in it than the prosody requires we register a violation of FILL; the unfilled metrical positions are traditionally said to be catalectic
And this does not occur, and cannot occur in a trance or in a catalectic
state, but only in the adamantine lucidity of a full and fully-rounded awareness.
407-9) has noticed that even the general disposition of the sequence, with its tetramimeral caesura and catalectic
final line, appears in 'Apparebit repentina', a poem 'de die iudicii' mentioned by Bede in his De arte metrica.
In its most frequent form this strophe consisted of six lines: a dactylic hexameter followed by a lesser archilochean, another dactylic hexameter followed by an iambelegus, and a greater archilochean followed by an iambic trimeter catalectic
Example 9 dissolves into jaunty dactylic tetrameter catalectic
in a natural unforced reading (the unmetrically-occupied S-slot is double-underlined):
But the meter--trochaic tetrameter catalectic
in all but the penultimate dimetric line--bears remote echoes of Caesar's marching songs.