quantitative verse

quantitative verse

      in prosody, a metrical system based on the duration of the syllables that make up the feet (foot), without regard for accents or stresses. Quantitative verse is made up of long and short syllables, the duration of which is determined by the amount of time needed for pronunciation. This system has only rarely been used successfully in English poetry because of the strongly accentual nature of the English language. It was used mainly by classical Greek and Roman poets.

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