Isoictic metre (259 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Note

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

Context

Isoictic metre: a metre (also called demotic or accentual) in which each line has a fixed number of beats (usually four or eight) but no fixed number of syllables; where there are only three sounded beats there will be a fourth occurring in silence (a rest), indicated in what follows by “

Péase pórridge hót 4 syllables
Péase pórridge cóld 4 syllables
In
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Citation:
Groves, Peter Lewis. "Isoictic metre". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 June 2008
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