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Accentual Verse

Type:  

Method of Measurement

 
Description: 

Measuring poetry as accentual verse, one only counts the stressed syllables in the line, so a line might have four stresses and anywhere from four to sixteen syllables and still be considered a four-stress line. Many forms of accentual verse use alliteration to tie the stresses together.

 
Origin: 

Indo-European/Germanic

 
See Also:  

Alliteration, Anglo-Saxon Accentual Verse, Edda Measures, Old Story Measure, Song Measure, Speech Measure, Trenta-Sei, Trio, Triversan Stanza

 
Status: 

Complete

 

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