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|having a complete or full number of syllables in a poetic line.
|lacking a head or a leader; lacking the first syllable or foot (of a hexameter).
|a composition, usually in verse, in which the first or the last letters of the lines, or certain other letters, taken in order, form a name, word, phrase, or motto.
|pertaining to, or characterized by, acrostics > ACROSTICALLY.
|a pastoral poem, often in the form of a dialogue between shepherds.
|a verse form consisting of strophes with four tetrametric lines, attributed to Alcaeus, a lyric poet of Mitylene, about 600 BC.
|a French verse form.
|alternately answering, responsive, as often in pastoral poetry.
|a foot of three syllables, the middle one long, the first and last short.
|of or like an AMPHIBRACH, a foot of three syllables, the middle one long, the first and last short.
|relating to AMPHIGORY.
|a nonsensical piece of writing, usually in verse form, typically composed as a parody. [Fr. amphigouri].
|a foot of three syllables, the middle one short and the others long, as in cast/tas.
|one or more short syllables introductory to the normal rhythm of a line > ANACRUSES.
|two short metrical syllables followed by one long one. [Gk. anapaistos struck back, from ana back, and paiein to strike].
|in the form of an ANAPAEST, two short metrical syllables followed by one long one.
|a foot of two long (or stressed) syllables followed by a short (or unstressed) one > ANTIBACCHII.
|of, relating to, or characterized by opposition to traditional poetic technique or style.
|a metrical foot comprising an iambus followed by a trochee > ANTISPASTS. [Gk. antispastos, from antispaein, to draw back].
|relating to an ANTISPAST, a foot composed of an iambus and a trochee.
|the accented or longer part of a poetic foot; the point where an ictus is put > ARSES.
|a choriambic verse, first used by the Greek poet Asclepias, consisting of four feet, viz. a spondee, two choriambi, and an iambus.
|vowel-rhyme, coincidence of vowel sound without regard to consonants.
|not connected, consisting of parts having different rhythms; (noun) a verse of such a kind.
|a song or poem greeting the dawn or about lovers parting at dawn.
|a Welsh ode.
|relating to the BACCHIUS, a type of metrical foot.
|a metrical foot composed of a short syllable and two long ones; according to some, two long and a short > BACCHII.
|a poetic form, originally for singing.
|one who composes ballads.
|a dealer in or composer of ballads.
|one of the ancient Celtic order of formal poets and singers; also an armour for a horse; (verb) to armour a horse > BARDS, BARDING, BARDED.
|pertaining to a bard.
|the state of a being a BARD.
|an inferior bard.
|the state of being a bard.
|to mention in rhyme or verse; to rhyme about.
|the bob (short line near the end of a stanza) with the lines following it.
|a pause in a poem or a song > CAESURAE or CAESURAS, CESURAE or CESURAS.
|of or pertaining to a CAESURA. Also CESURAL.
|relating to a CAESURA, a pause in a poem or a song.
|a collection of songs and poems.
|crab-wise; (of verses, etc) reading both ways, palindromic.
|a principal division of a long poem > CANTOS.
|a Provençal or Italian form of lyric poetry, consisting of a series of stanzas without a refrain > CANZONES or CANZONI.
|the condition of being CATALECTIC > CATALEXES.
|(a line) lacking one syllable in the last foot.
|a literary work, especially a poem, composed of parts taken from works of other authors > CENTOS or CENTONES. [L. cento, patchwork].
|one who composes CENTOS, poems manufactured by putting together passages of other poems.
|an unnecessary word added to round off a sentence or complete a line of verse.
|a variety of iambic trimeter. [Gk. choliambos, from cholos, lame + iambos, iambus].
|a verse having an iambus in the fifth place, and a spondee in the sixth or last.
|relating to a CHOREE, a trochee.
|a trochee, a choree > CHOREUSES.
|a metrical foot comprising a trochee and an iambus > CHORIAMBS, CHORIAMBI. [Gk. choriambos, from choreios, a trochee + iambos, iambus].
|pertaining to a choriamb.
|a group of five, especially a five-line stanza.
|a light verse quatrain rhyming aabb and usually dealing with a person named in the initial rhyme.
|(Cowper) the epic of a snake.
|a fragment of a few words or feet in ancient prosody > COMMAS or COMMATA.
|the theory or practice of concrete poetry.
|a pair of rhyming lines.
|rhyme; a game in which one player gives a word to which another finds a rhyme; rhyme.
|a type of metrical foot.
|a cycle of myths, poems, songs, etc > CYCLUSES (not CYCLI*).
|a technique in Welsh verse.
|a metrical foot of one short syllable followed by two long syllables. [Gk. daktylos, a finger].
|pertaining to a DACTYL; dactylic.
|(a line) consisting chiefly or wholly of, dactyls > DACTYLICS.
|a writer of dactylic verse.
|a ten-line poem.
|a verse line or a verb having ten syllables.
|(a line of verse) having ten syllables.
|a group of ten (musicians, lines of verse).
|a verse of two measures.
|of or like DIPODY, a double foot in prosody.
|two metrical feet taken together, or included in one measure.
|a double spondee; a foot consisting of four long syllables.
|a couple of verses or poetic lines making complete sense. [Gk. distichos, from di-, twice + stichos, a line].
|of or like a DISTICH, a couple of verses or poetic lines making complete sense.
|a hymn or poem to honor Bacchus.
|like a DITHYRAMB.
|a double trochee; a foot made up of two trochees.
|a poem, the words of a song.
|a collection of poems in Persian or Arabic, usually by a single author.
|a ten-line stanza or poem.
|a DOCHMIUS, a foot of five syllables > DOCHMIACS.
|a foot of five syllables, typically with first and fourth short, the rest long > DOCHMIUSES or DOCHMII.
|doggerel doggrel dogrel
|poor quality comic verse.
|a dactylic hexameter with a redundant syllable at the end > DOLICHURI.
|a division of a poem corresponding to a canto; a poem or song.
|a verse line of five dactyls with a marked caesura > ELEGIACS.
|related to ELEGY > ELEGIACALLY.
|one who composes elegies.
|to write an elegy. Also ELEGIZE.
|a mournful poem for one who is dead.
|in verse, to make an ENJAMBEMENT.
|the continuation of a sentence from one line of a couplet to the next.
|the concluding part of a poem or book.
|a long narrative poem.
|epic > EPICALLY.
|a funeral ode.
|of or relating to dirges or elegies.
|a funeral ode, an epicede > EPICEDIA.
|the writing of epics.
|one who writes epics.
|like an epic.
|a short, witty poem; a concise, clever and often paradoxical statement.
|an ode in honour of a victor or winner.
|a poem or song in honor of a bride and bridegroom > EPITHALAMIA, EPITHALAMIUMS.
|a metrical foot consisting of three long syllables and one short syllable.
|a genre of lyric poem, in which a longer verse is followed by a shorter one.
|relating to an EPODE, a kind of lyric poem.
|epic poetry, especially as a literary genre.
|an epic poem; epic poetry.
|an epic poem.
|a poem with some resemblance to an epic but shorter > EPYLLIONS or EPYLLIA. [Gk. epullion].
|a verse of fifteen syllables.
|fit fitt fitte fytte
|a division of a poem.
|a dispute or exchange of personal abuse in verse form > FLYTINGS.
|a division of a line of poetry.
|a verse line of fourteen syllables.
|a classical metre.
|of a type of Spanish poetry inspired by the life, language and customs of the gaucho.
|gazal ghazal ghazel
|a Persian verse-form.
|a birthday ode.
|a poem on husbandry or rural affairs. [L. georgicus].
|a line consisting of a SPONDEE, a CHORIAMB, and a PYRRHIC; -- applied to a kind of verse in Greek and Latin poetry.
|a wandering scholar in the Middle Ages, known for riotous behaviour and satirical Latin poems lampooning the church.
|the satirical or ribald poetry of the Goliards.
|a dictionary of prosody, designed as an aid in writing Greek or Latin poetry > GRADUSES.
|a series of linked HAIKU. No —S.
|a syllabic verse-form > HAIKUS.
|half a verse line.
|a metrical line of eleven syllables.
|of a metricla line, having eleven syllables.
|in Greek and Latin prosody, seven half-feet.
|a verse line of seven feet.
|of a verse, having seven feet.
|the state of having seven feet.
|a poem, strophe, or stanza that consists of seven lines.
|having seven syllables.
|(noun) a heroic verse.
|a verse line of six feet.
|like a HEXAMETER.
|of verse, written in hexameters.
|of a line or verse, having six feet.
|a line or verse of six feet.
|a poem or stanza of six lines.
|a series of HAIKU. No —S.
|a group of eight lines of verse.
|having an additional syllable or half-foot after the last complete DIPODY.
|the state of being HYPERCATALECTIC > HYPERCATALEXES.
|a verse which has a redundant syllable or foot; a hypercatalectic verse.
|a poetic foot consisting of a short then a long syllable.
|an IAMB, a poetic foot consisting of a short then a long syllable > IAMBICS; (adj.) consisting of iambs > IAMBICALLY.
|one who writes in IAMBICS.
|a metrical foot > IAMBI or IAMBUSES.
|relating to an ICTUS, a rhythmical or metrical stress.
|a recurring stress/accent in a rhythmic/metrical series of sounds; a mark indicating the syllable on which stress/accent occurs > ICTUSES. [L. ictus, a blow].
|a short description in verse or prose of a picturesque scene or incident, esp. in rustic life.
|one who writes IDYLS.
|relating to an IDYLL.
|of or like an IDYLL > IDYLLICALLY.
|a long poem.
|an early 20c school of poetry aiming at concentration, clear and simple language, and freedom of form and subject.
|a short simple verse often with an associated tune.
|a periphrastic formula in Old Norse or other old Germanic poetry.
|a string of short lines in stanzas all ending with the same word.
|a tirade or string of verses on one rhyme.
|a form of humorous verse in a five-line jingle. [Said to be from a refrain formerly used, referring to Limerick in Ireland].
|in prosody, a pause of one MORA.
|a verse composed of dactyls and trochees so arranged as to produce a movement like that of ordinary speech.
|a lyrical poem.
|having the form of a song > LYRICALLY.
|to write lyrics.
|the quality of being lyrical.
|mixing words from different languages, especially Latin with vernacular or Latinized vernacular words; (noun) a verse of this type.
|of a poem, written to be sung. Also (noun) a kind of grass.
|the regulated succession of groups of syllables (long and short, stressed and unstressed) in which poetry is usually written; (verb) to versify.
|a composer of verses.
|to convert to metrical form.
|the study of metre.
|a person skilled in metres, a METRICIAN.
|to convert to metrical form.
|the study of versification.
|one who metrifies.
|to make verse.
|a maker of verses.
|a troubadour-like poet of mediaeval Germany.
|a medieval musician, itinerant or attached to a noble household, who sang or recited his own or others' poems, accompanying himself on a stringed instrument.
|the art of the minsrel.
|to spoil the metre (of a poem).
|badly rhymed. No MISRHYME*.
|a hexameter with a short penultimate syllable > MIURUSES.
|a verse foot of three long syllables > MOLOSSI. [The adjective of Molossia or Molossis in the Epirus region of ancient Greece, famous in ancient times for its great mastiff dogs].
|relating to MONODY, a mournful ode or poem performed by a single mourner.
|a writer of a MONODY.
|a poem in which the poet laments someone's death.
|a rhythmic series, consisting of a single meter.
|like a MONOMETER.
|a verse measure of one foot only.
|a series of lines all rhyming together.
|a composition consisting of one verse only.
|a unit of metrical time in prosody > MORAE or MORAS.
|a myth-maker; a writer of poems on mythical subjects.
|a poem describing a return journey > NOSTOI.
|a verse-line of eight feet.
|of a verse line, having eight feet.
|a verse-line of eight feet.
|a poem or stanza of eight lines.
|in prosody, a line having eight feet.
|in prosody, a line having eight feet > OCTONARII.
|(a line) consisting of eight syllables.
|an elaborate lyric addressed to someone or something.
|of or pertaining to an ODE.
|a writer of odes.
|an Irish master poet.
|a foot of four syllables, one long and three short.
|an ode or song recanting or retracting something in an earlier poem.
|a verse form in quatrains, in which the second and fourth lines appear as first and third line of next quatrain, and the last line repeats the first line.
|poem whose initial letters reproduce its first verse.
|a form of rhyme in which the consonants by not the vowels of the last stressed syllable are identical.
|the anapaestic dimeter catalectic.
|a section of a poem or story > PASSUSES.
|a medieval poem between a knight and a shepherdess.
|a verse or stanza in Welsh poetry > PENILLION, PENNILLION.
|a line of verse consisting of five metrical feet.
|relating to PENTAPODY, a measure of five feet.
|a measure or series consisting of five feet.
|a composition consisting of five verses.
|a composition in verse.
|pertaining to a poem, or to poetry; poetical.
|to dabble in poetry.
|one who writes poems.
|an inferior poet.
|a female poet.
|pertaining to poetry > POETICALLY.
|related to poetry > POETICALLY; (noun) a writer of poetry > POETICALS.
|a poetical phrase esp. a trite one.
|poetic theory or practice.
|to write as a poet.
|one who poetises.
|like a poet.
|a poetess > POETRESSES.
|literary work in metrical form.
|the state or personality of a poet.
|inciting; encouraging; exhorting; (noun) a metrical foot of four short syllables.
|one skilled in PROSODY.
|of or relating to versification.
|the study of versification; esp > the systematic study of metrical structure.
|a Greek metrical foot consisting of two short syllables. [Gk. pyrriche (orchesis) pyrrhic dance, said to be from Pyrrichos, the inventor].
|a formal Arabic poem of praise.
|a poem of fourteen lines; a sonnet.
|a stanza of four lines rhyming alternately.
|(Japanese) a kind of linked verse > RENGAS.
|in two or more words, identity of sound from the last stressed vowel to the end; (verb) to compose verse with corresponding terminal sounds.
|destitute of rhyme.
|one who composes rhymes.
|a rhymer; a maker of poor poetry.
|a poem of 13 lines with two rhymes and the opening words used as a refrain in two places > RONDEAUX.
|a verse form of thirteen or fourteen lines on two rhymes, the seventh and thirteenth being identical with the first, and the eighth and (if present) the fourteenth with the second.
|a short 5 or 7-line rondeau with one refrain per stanza.
|a Persian verse-form, a four-line stanza > RUBAIYAT or RUBAIS.
|a verse form said to have been invented by the Greek lyric poet Sappho.
|an ancient Scandinavian bard.
|relating to a SCALD or SKALD.
|the office of SCALD.
|to analyse metrically.
|the determination of the metre of verse; prosody.
|a choliamb > SCAZONS or SCAZONTES. [Gk. scazos, limping].
|a limping verse, a SCAZON.
|an Anglo-Saxon poet and harpist.
|(of rhyme) triple.
|a Spanish verse form of seven lines.
|in ancient prosody, one of the two divisions of a foot > SEMEIA.
|a half foot in poetry.
|a Greek or Latin verse containing six iambic feet per line > SENARII.
|a 3-line Japanese poem. No —S.
|a seven-foot verse, esp a trochaic tetrameter catalectic.
|sestina sestine sextain sixain sixaine
|a stanza of six lines.
|a Korean verse form > SIJOS.
|a (usu. satirical) poem or lay recited by a medieval troubadour.
|a verse of sixteen syllables.
|to write sonnets, to celebrate in sonnets > SONNETS, SONNETING or SONNETTING, SONNETED or SONNETTED.
|of or like a sonnet.
|a writer of sonnets, a poetaster.
|the composition of sonnets.
|to compose sonnets.
|or of pertaining to a spondee; (noun) a spondee.
|in verse, a foot of two long syllables.
|a division of a poem.
|pertaining to, or consisting of, stanzas; as, a couplet in stanzaic form.
|a stanza > STANZOES or STANZOS.
|a line of verse, or section of prose of comparable length.
|relating to verse composed in homogeneous and recurrent lines, as in recitative poetry > STICHICALLY.
|a stichometric line of a manuscript; a verse > STICHOI.
|an Italian folk verse form > STORNELLI.
|a group of lines forming a section of a lyric poem. [Gk. strophe, turning].
|pertaining to, containing, or consisting of, strophes.
|metrical continuity between two verses in a system.
|(Japanese) a 5-line Japanese verse form, its 1st and 3rd lines comprised of 5 syllables, the rest of 7.
|exactly corresponding in arrangement of syllables.
|a poem in which the consecutive final letters of the lines spell a name. Cf. ACROSTIC, where it is the initial letters.
|a competition in verse between two troubadours [Fr. from L. tensio, a struggle].
|tercet tiercet terzetta
|a triplet of lines that rhyme together or are connected with adjacent rhymes.
|a word or metrical foot composed of four short syllables.
|a verse or line consisting of four measures, that is, in iambic, trochaic, and anapestic verse, of eight feet; in other kinds of verse, of four feet.
|of verse, having four metrical feet.
|a set of four metrical feet.
|in Greek prosody, equivalent to four short syllables.
|a stanza, epigram, or poem, consisting of four verses or lines.
|a poetic foot of three short syllables.
|a verse of three measures.
|relating to a TRIMETER, a verse of three measures.
|an eight-lined poem rhymed ab aa abab, lines 4 and 7 repeating 1, and 8 repeating 2.
|three lines rhyming together.
|three metrical feet taken together, or included in one measure.
|a foot containing three short syllables. [Gk. trisemos, from sema, a sign].
|relating to a TRISEME, a foot containing three short syllables.
|a stanza of three lines.
|of or like a TROCHEE; (noun) a trochaic verse.
|in prosody, a foot of one long syllable, one short.
|troubadour trouvere trouveur
|one of a school of poets who flourished in Northern France from the eleventh to the fourteenth century.
|not scanned as verse.
|a small verse.
|one who writes verses, an inferior poet.
|a maker of verses.
|to change from prose into metrical form.
|one who writes vers libre, free verse.
|a poem consisting of five tercets and a quatrain.
|an old French lyric form in two-rhymed stanzas of short lines.
|(Japanese) a Japanese verse-form.