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the basic unit of length adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites (approximately 1

rhythm as given by division into parts of equal duration

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While meter as such remains a residual presence, notably in the visionary sections of Pound's long poem, the functions of memory and association which metrical form had allowed Swinburne are here transferred to devices of echo, reiteration, sound-patterning and cadence.
Supportive of using the Chinese traditional poetic forms, and free verse or semi-free verse to translate English metrical poetry, he thinks that the transfer of metrical form is in the second place, while the transfer of spirit is the first and foremost.
Attridge 1982) the metrical form is molded to the rhythmic form, rather than being distinct from it.
Iambic pentameter is the metrical form used by many English poets because its rhythm and inflection closely mimic the natural speaking voice.
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In the second, "[the] metrical form of a line itself, its length and its internal structure, imports its own passion into the poem" (27), forming a "tense interplay of phrase and measured line" (28).
In Cannibalaus, the text's rhythm initially feels like a prayer, a chant, a metrical form familiar to the convent where it is set; and yet eventually this holy aura devolves into the profane, treating the Eucharist as a crude act of cannibalism.
Second, without a thematic partner, these few syllables look no different from the metrical form in the remainder of the line and, indeed, the rest of the motto.
For example, he delights in writing iambic trimeter -- a metrical form favored by Yeats, Allen Tate, and Anthony Hecht, among others -- and a few poems in that meter turn up in the earliest section of the new Collected Poems.
Similarly, the Swahili meter is unique and not derived from any other metrical form, certainly not from Arabic or Persian, as indeed Prof.
Yet this particular kind of metrical change also proves to Symonds that it is "by no means easy to define the minimum of metrical form below which a Blank Verse ceases to be a metrical line" (p.
On the bulletin board above my desk is a yellowed copy--for it has been there for decades--of a paragraph, translated by Sylvia Townsend Warner, from Proust's "The Return to the Present" that begins, "The fine things we shall write if we have talent enough, are within us, dimly, like the remembrance of a tune which charms us though we cannot recall its outline, or hum it, nor even sketch its metrical form, say if there are pauses in it, or runs of rapid notes.
Although the distich is obviously a classical metrical form, it can be modernized, even to the point of ending lines with hyphenated words.
Instead, she gives us a relatively--but far from perfectly--regular rhythm in a metrical form that both evokes traditional prosody and also departs from it.
There are the splitters, who conceive of a new metrical form for every unusual poem (or name a new species after every new bone).