Metre (British) or Meter (American) is the regulated patterning
of speech-rhythm (see prosody)
so as to produce a partial resemblance or equivalence between
successive segments of verse, usually called lines.
Metre has traditionally been a defining feature of verse (but
verse). In English the regulated features are known as beats.
In addition other prosodic features, such as the number of
syllables, may also be constrained.
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