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Syllabic Verse


Method of Measurement


Measuring verse syllabically is perhaps the easiest of the five metering methods. It involves counting all of the syllables, whether stressed or unstressed. It is quite common in Japanese and French poetry. The haiku specifies a three-line poem of syllable counts 5-7-5. The French alexandrine is twelve syllables. While Anglophones have adapted the alexandrine to be iambic hexameter, French is not a heavy-stress language as English is. They only count syllables. The classical hendecasyllable, a quantitative then accentual-syllabic metrical line, became the syllabic endecasyllabo in Italian verse, so the conversions go both ways.



See Also:  

Abbreviated Haiku I, Abbreviated Haiku II, Ae Freislighe, Balassi stanza, Count Down, Count Up, Cywydd deuair fyrion, Cywydd deuair hirion, Cywydd Llosgyrnog, Englyn Proest Gadwynog, Englyn Unodl Crwca, Englyn Unodl Union, Etheree, Gwawdodyn Hir, Inverted Hexaduad, Italian Madrigal, Lai, Nonet, Pathya Vat, Pensee, Quintet II, Rubai, Rubaiyat, Sedoka, Seicinque, Sept, Serventesio, Sextilla, Sijo, Somonka, Spenserian Quintilla, Tanka, Tetractys, Than-Bauk, Than-Bauk Poem, Trio, Tyburn, Waka




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