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Metron

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Author(s): Tomas Riad
Abstract The metron (Gk. μέτρον) in poetic meter refers to the unit that is repeated in the line of verse (stichic verse), or that otherwise recurs in a stable shape across stanzas and poems (lyric verse). The size of a metron is either a single verse foot (dactyl, spondee), or a pair of verse feet (trochaic, iambic, anapestic), within which some stable property occurs. 1. Metron in Stichic Meter The basic meaning of métron is ‘instrument for measuring’ or ‘measure’. It is used to denote a standard, a criterion or a rule, whereby order is created or established in se…
Date: 2013-11-01

Foot

(2,265 words)

Author(s): Tomas Riad
Abstract The foot (Gk. poús) in poetic meter typically refers to the unit made up of two metrical positions, which carries a name like iamb, trochee, dactyl, spondee, or anapest. Meters are usually referred to in terms of what is taken to be the canonical form of the verse foot, plus a specification of line length in terms of metron ( dactylic hexameter, iambic trimeter, spondaic pentameter, etc.). Feet in meter correspond roughly to prosodic words in phonology. 1. Definition The foot (Gk. poús) in poetic meter typically refers to the unit made up of two metrical positions, wh…
Date: 2013-11-01