Ictosyllabic metre

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Literary/ Cultural Context Note

  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 12: Global Voices, Global Histories: World Literatures and Cultures.

Ictosyllabic metre: a metre in which each line has a fixed number of beats, and a fixed number of off-beats between each pair of beats within the line, either one (duple metre), two (triple metre) or three (quadruple or paeonic metre, q.v.). Examples:

Duple metre:

Should you ask me, whence these stories?
Whence these le-gends and tra-ditions,
With the o-dors of the fo-rest
With the dew and damp of mea-dows


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Groves, Peter Lewis. "Ictosyllabic metre". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 June 2008
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