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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.]
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(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
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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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