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Accentual-Syllabic Verse


Method of Measurement


Accentual-syllabic verse is based on counting both stressed and unstressed syllables. It uses specific patterns, such as iambic pentameter or the classical hendecasyllable. Every syllable counts to create the proper rhythm and flow of the meter. This is one of the tighter methods of measuring meter. Most of the verse forms that the English created based on French or Italian forms are accentual-syllabic. While blank verse is an exception, many other accentual-syllabic forms rhyme. Geoffrey Chaucer and his generation of poets were largely responsible for the fusion of the accentual of English and the syllabic of French into the modern English accentual-syllabic forms.



See Also:  

Alternating Sonnet, Ballad Measure, Ballade Royale, Choriambics, Classical Hendecasyllable, Classical Heroic Line, Common Measure, Common Octave, Double Dactyl, Fourteeners, Petrarchan Sonnet, Reverse Habbie, Rhyme Royal, Rubai, Rubaiyat, Shakespearean Sonnet, Standard Habbie, Trio




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