Poulter’s Measure (84 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Note

  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume : WORLD HISTORY AND IDEAS: A CROSS-CULTURAL VOLUME.


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 Foes”…

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 28 October 2016.]