Poulter’s Measure

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Poulter’s Measure: a form of duple ictosyllabic couplet verse unaccountably popular during the early Tudor period, consisting of an alexandrine followed by a ,a href=http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=5528>septenary, as in the following example:

The doubt| of fu|ture foes| exiles| my pre|sent joy|
And wit| me warns| to shun| such snares| as threa|ten mine| annoy|
(Queen Elizabeth I, “The Doubt of Future F…

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Groves, Peter Lewis. "Poulter’s Measure". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 June 2007
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=1760, accessed 19 April 2014.]