octosyllabic


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having or characterized by or consisting of eight syllables

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To my mind, there is only one possible explanation for Matfre's surprising deviation from this norm: the frequency of heptasyllabic lines in troubadour lyric, where they appear with slightly greater frequency than octosyllabic lines.
19) In both its written and oral medium, the octosyllabic meter provided the standard vernacular model for narration and dramatic recitation.
Although Guillen primarily uses octosyllabic verse, he also shifts to five syllable lines (Mi a-bue-lo -ne-gro).
About 1330, French Cistercian monk Guillaume de Deguileville wrote Le Pelerinage de la vie humaine; in the early 15th century, someone rendered the octosyllabic allegorical dream vision into a closely literal English, The Pilgrimage of the Lyfe of the Manhode; in the early 17th century, one William Baspoole modernized and revised that translation into The Pilgrime.
Byron's critique of Scott's early verse, however, extends beyond border wars to an analysis of the octosyllabic meter that Scott chose for Lay of the Last Minstrel.
Within the context of the Leyenda, Lambra is never openly called a whore, but she is identified in this manner in the Romances which are octosyllabic poems with an altemating rhyming scheme which were recited by jongleurs in the Middle Ages) and it becomes quite evident that she is much more sexual and lustful.
Arnold employs a rhyming octosyllabic form that serves the ends of measured judgement, as when he writes that 'Byron 'taught us little; but our soul | Had felt him like the thunder's roll' (ll.
The key words of the dialogue appear in the two longest, octosyllabic lines of each strophe, which form a couplet rhyming on the most characteristic rhyme of the strophe, further recurring in its closing wheel.
Lowell went even further, though, returning to formal meters--the public octosyllabic couplets of Andrew Marvell's "Horatian Ode upon Cromwell's Return from Ireland," for a riff on the presidency of Lyndon Johnson, for instance; or blank-verse sonnets (hundreds of them), to capture something of the feverish, heady period of the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement, the clash of raw and elite cultures in late '60s and early '70s New York, the deaths of King and the Kennedys, and the protest marches Lowell took part in, with Norman Mailer and Dr.
Veteran children's author David Bouchard provides a story for Sapp's paintings which is lyrical yet accessible and which aims to appeal to primary-school aged children, Each text page features two loosely rhyming quatrains that move to a roughly octosyllabic beat.
7) An economical 650-odd octosyllabic verses long, including the occasional macaronic Latin line and minimal but obvious stage directions, it both replicates established morality play conventions --primarily in its extensive use of allegory--and outlines the rhetorical scheme and figures that will characterize much of later Calvinist polemic in French, whether dramatic, oratorical, or merely discursive.
In his monograph on the Norman abbey of Fecamp, which he published in 1840, Leroux de Lincy edited an Old French poem of 750 octosyllabic lines from a fifteenth-century manuscript (Paris, Bibliotheque Nationale de France, MS f.
The classic definition of the romance is a Hispanic narrative ballad, most frequently in assonant couplets of 16 syllables each, divided into octosyllabic hemistichs.
3) According to Ellis, the "formal restrictions" of RFR's poetry prior to 1959 were "marked by the traditional use of romance, quatrain, stanzas of ten octosyllabic lines, miscellany, song and sonnet; by a syntax with extensive use of hyperbaton; by images supported in dense metaphorical allusions and a diction that revealed a studied complexity" 1218).
Cotton's octosyllabic couplets here or in "The Retirement" or "Ode to Winter" seem almost Quaker-plain (except for his bibulous motif), particularly if compared with, say, Marvell's "Had we but world enough, and rime, / This coyness, lady, were no crime.