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17) The table also presents the page count for each Canto, and any meters employed besides the predominant decasyllable (e.
The isometrical poems, reflecting the classical tradition, are composed for the most part of alexandrines (almost 90% of the total lines found in isometrical contexts are alexandrines); decasyllables and octosyllables, the favored rococo line types, make up the remaining isometrical poems (Nell-Boelsche 303-04).
A simple question may be asked: if the verse of the Cid is not based on the syllabic count like the decasyllable of the French epic, why should its poetic discourse be articulated in laisses?
The acoustic signature of the generative tetrasyllabic group in the first line (Labe employs the standard 4//6 decasyllable throughout) is /t/, /o/, and this distinctive employment of acoustic signature in the initial hemistichs is a characteristic of the quatrain as a whole: /l/ in line 2, /R/, /i/, /s/ in line 3, and /v/, /a/ in line 4.
She uses a form of blank verse based on the English pentameter, which avoids the distorting constraints of rhyme or assonance that made the Dorothy Sayers translation so hard to read at times, while maintaining some of the rhythm and spring of the Old French decasyllable.
Sabina," a poem written in blank decasyllables, explores the same problematic of the slave of mixed ancestry who enjoys privileges, but also severe limitations on social mobility:
The Traicte de la Cabale begins with a letter to King Francis I, divided into three parts: 240 decasyllables in French and nine Latin citations; a commentary of Raban Maur in which he eulogizes the king as guarantor of religion; and the third part in eighteen.
The evidence seems considerable: decasyllables and hendecasyllables are customary, but the iambic pentameter paradigm can be misleading, even meaningless, when approaching such verse as, "Let me not to the marriage of true minds / Admit impediments" (116.
Might we not also see decasyllables here as the elegant French equivalent of the aggressive English doggerel used by Mandeville for The Fable of the Bees?
Whether written in short verse or in decasyllables or in free verse, as in the poem "Colorado," they seem painted with minute brushstrokes, resembling haiku, containing wisdom, asking to be savored one at a time, rippling in one's mind, senses, and memory until their whole effect can be felt, like an impressionistic painting.
In the first part, devoted to the verse poems, Murat dissects Rimbaud's work and explains its myriad poetic manifestations (alexandrines, decasyllables, octosyllables, etc.
3) The rondel form, together with no fewer than forty nasal sounds in thirteen decasyllables, is remarkably effective in evoking the plaintive minor-key notes of the flute as they wind in languid serpentines through the length of the poem.
Very wisely, therefore, he broke away from the abababcc rhyme scheme, maintaining only the octave's final (or heroic) couplet's rhyme, while employing unrhymed decasyllables (i.
Six short poems function as a sort of conclusion: four octaves, a rondeau in decasyllables, and a dizain.
The volume begins with the late Owen Taylor's edition of Le Temple de l'amitie, a poem in decasyllables satirizing the lack of true friendship in contemporary society.
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