epitrite Greek epitritos, from epitritos (adjective) containing a whole and a third, having a ratio of 4:3, having three long syllables and one short, from epi on, upon + tritos third
The epitrite is not used as the basis of any rhythm in Latin verse, though it did appear as a rhythm for the clausulae of Ciceronian orations.
He notes Beaumont and Fletcher's ingenious use of "Iambic Pentameter Hyperacatalectic, their Proceleusmatics, and Dispondaeuses-proceleusmatics," "not to mention the Choriambics, the Ionics, the Paeons, and the Epitrites
." Trained by his knowledge of Greek, he hears "Quantity," "Accent," "emphasis," and "retardation & acceleration of the Times of Syllables according to the meaning of the words, the passion that accompanies them, and even the Character of the Person that uses them" (Marg.