catalectic

NOUN
  1. (prosody) a line of verse that lacks a syllable in the last metrical foot
ADJECTIVE
  1. (verse) metrically incomplete; especially lacking one or more syllables in the final metrical foot
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How To Use catalectic In A Sentence

  • ” The former is trochaic—the latter is octameter acatalectic, alternating with heptameter catalectic repeated in the refrain of the fifth verse, and terminating with tetrameter catalectic. The Philosophy of Composition
  • With the latter, it has the same kind of verse with its masculine and feminine rhymes and a similar rhythm, the only difference being that the order of the catalectic and acatalectic verses is dissiimilar. The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss
  • The Stabat Mater is composed of six-lines stanzas of trochaic dimeters, the third and sixth lines being catalectic.
  • The metre which was his favourite, and which he used with most success -- the trochaic dimeter catalectic of seven syllables -- lends itself almost as readily as the octosyllable to this frequently fatal fluency; but in Wither's hands, at least in his youth and early manhood, it is wonderfully successful, as here: -- A History of Elizabethan Literature
  • ” The former is trochaic—the latter is octameter acatalectic, alternating with heptameter catalectic repeated in the refrain of the fifth verse, and terminating with tetrameter catalectic. The Philosophy of Composition
  • —“trochaic octameter with lines two and four catalectic.” THE ANTHOLOGIST
  • Unlike most English adjectives, ‘catalectic’ and its opposite ‘acatalectic’ usually follow the nouns they qualify: thus the last of Shelley's lines quoted above would be called a trochaic trimeter catalectic.
  • The stanza is thus seen to comprise three tetrameter trochaic catalectic verses. The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip
  • ” The former is trochaic—the latter is octameter acatalectic, alternating with heptameter catalectic repeated in the refrain of the fifth verse, and terminating with tetrameter catalectic. The Philosophy of Composition
  • He explained to me most seriously the differences between trimeter Iambics when they were catalectic, acatalectic, hypercatalectic. The Private Life of Henry Maitland
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