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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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).
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.
Bliss's view that the caesura occurs at the boundary of the first sense or breath group, preferring to see the verse as the smallest metrical unit.
451-452, 553); metrical units, he suggests, are more or less equal in time, or "isochronous.
This analysis has been based on an empiricist model that creates little or no room for broader generalizations about poetic values and methods: "The more thorough a description of a given poem's rhythmic and metrical units, its repetition of vowels and consonants, its pitch contours, the less we may be able to discern the larger contours of a poet's particular practice, much less a period style or cultural construct" (2).
Read Rates -- The rate at which the RFID reader records the data from individual RFID tags, and the metrical units.
In addition, it enhances the students' understanding of larger metrical units and phrasing, since the four-beat unit of jangdan ties two measures into one phrase, thus helping the student experience both the compound meter of 6/8 and larger duple meter groupings.
Seeger argues against the then-prevailing custom of determining measure size in a way "to show most clearly the symmetry and asymmetry of the metrical units or patterns" (p.