sprung rhythm


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sprung rhythm

n.
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.]

sprung rhythm

n
(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

sprung′ rhythm`


n.
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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Noun1.sprung rhythm - a poetic rhythm that imitates the rhythm of speech
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Carole Birkan-Berz in "Traduire le rythme non iambique" (Palimpsestes 27: 81-99) also concentrates on the discordant in meter: how can Hopkins's sprung rhythm and other non-iambic meters be translated into other languages, especially French?
Hopkins's poetry, Martin shows, with its binding of the visual to the audible through diacritical marks, demands a level of visual attention in addition to oral recitation to fully invoke the power of his innovative sprung rhythm. In 'The Wreck of the Deutschland', the eye, 'held by the yoke of a visible rhythm' (p.
Which English poet devised the concept of 'sprung rhythm'?
Hopkins develop their idiosyncratic poetics (isochrony and sprung rhythm, respectively) at least partly in response to Spasmodic style's perceived affront to the social order.
Hopkins's Poetics of Speech Sound: Sprung Rhythm, Lettering, Inscape.
Even his principal defender, the eventual poet laureate Robert Bridges, "was never wholly at ease with his friend's work"--surely the general public would not warm to this sprung rhythm, this new sort of poetry.
Gilman's prose approaches the condition of poetry: written in enjambed iambics, (iambic X-ameter), combined with the sprung rhythm of Gerard Manley Hopkins' revival of Old English verse.
12 Which Victorian poet, developer of "sprung rhythm" and the idea of "inscape", studied theology at St Beuno's College near St Asaph?
The reason for Hopkins's syntactical and metrical innovation--his "sprung rhythm," a reaction against iambic pentameter--is more spiritual than structural.
More specifically, she probes the conflicts between sensuality and discipline, especially in the priest-poet's use of the sonnet form, in his "sprung rhythm," and in the contrast between anguish and self-display in his Terrible Sonnets.
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