metrical unit

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Noun1.metrical unit - (prosody) a group of 2 or 3 syllables forming the basic unit of poetic rhythmmetrical unit - (prosody) a group of 2 or 3 syllables forming the basic unit of poetic rhythm
metrics, prosody - the study of poetic meter and the art of versification
cadence, metre, meter, measure, beat - (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
dactyl - a metrical unit with stressed-unstressed-unstressed syllables
iamb, iambus - a metrical unit with unstressed-stressed syllables
anapaest, anapest - a metrical unit with unstressed-unstressed-stressed syllables
amphibrach - a metrical unit with unstressed-stressed-unstressed syllables (e.g., `remember')
trochee - a metrical unit with stressed-unstressed syllables
spondee - a metrical unit with stressed-stressed syllables
dibrach, pyrrhic - a metrical unit with unstressed-unstressed syllables
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The foot is the smallest metrical unit that consists of a group of syllables, one of which bears the main stress.
What Longley picked up from his study of ancient Greek and Latin was "the power of the sentence: how you can release energy by measuring the sentence against the metrical unit and that you can build up enormous pressure if you keep the sentence going on for some time.
Rhythmic setting: In this song each word in the text is co-extensive with one metrical unit of three clap-stick beats (here, transcribed as a 9/8 bar).
The metrical stress value of the words with non-inevitable stress depends on how the 'gabble of weaker syllables'(12) functions as a single metrical unit intervening between words with inevitable stress.
The ideas proposed reflect the current French academic consensus on accent and metre in French: that is, that the boundary of the metrical unit is marked by non-distinctive group-final accent (the only metrical accent) and that it is conservation of syllable-count from unit to unit that is fundamental to perception of metre (pp.
This line was the chief component of a larger metrical unit called the archilochean strophe.
or choriambuses In prosody, a metrical unit of four syllables.
heroic couplet A couplet of rhyming iambic pentameters often forming a distinct rhetorical as well as metrical unit.
monometer A rare form of verse in which each line consists of a single metrical unit (a foot or dipody).
the predominant type of foot (the smallest metrical unit of stressed and unstressed syllables); the number of feet per line; and the rhyme scheme.
A more descriptive term for al-shi'r al-hurr is "taf'ila poetry," named for the feet or metrical units that make up the lines.
451-452, 553); metrical units, he suggests, are more or less equal in time, or "isochronous.