[ US /ˈpɹɑsədi/ ]
  1. (prosody) a system of versification
  2. the patterns of stress and intonation in a language
  3. the study of poetic meter and the art of versification
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How To Use prosody In A Sentence

  • Edgar Allan Poe, I am fond of believing, earned as a critic a good deal of the excess of praise that he gets as a romancer and a poet, and another over-estimated American dithyrambist, Sidney Lanier, wrote the best textbook of prosody in English; [31] but in general the critical writing done in the United States has been of a low order, and most A Book of Prefaces
  • The distich caused discussion regarding the quantity of "hic", but the pope defended the prosody of Voltaire who confirmed his opinion by a quotation from Virgil which he said ought to be the epitaph of The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 2: Assizes-Browne
  • The second edition of 1575 tops this up with, among other things, the first treatise on prosody in English.
  • The results suggest the right side of the brain is important for processing emotional tone, or prosody, while the left side is important for processing emotional meaning, or semantics.
  • Verse such as this would permit of every rhythmical variation known in English prosody, and through the appeal of its rhythm would offer the dramatist opportunities for emotional effect that prose would not allow him; but at the same time it could be spoken with entire naturalness by actors as ultra-modern as Mme. Nazimova. The Theory of the Theatre
  • The prosody of the language is very euphonic, and for the first week of classes (an hour every day), we recited what we thought was a prayer but turned out to be the paradigm of the verb “to go”. F is for First Lessons « An A-Z of ELT
  • He cared deeply about Greek and Latin history and mythology and possessed a comprehensive knowledge of the prose, poetry and prosody of the eighteenth century.
  • To be consistent, a tutor should take the same proleptical course with regard to the prosody of the Latin language: every Latin hyperdissyllable is manifestly accentuated according to the following law: if the penultimate be long, that syllable inevitably claims the accent; if short, inevitably it rejects it -- _i.e. _ gives it to the ante-penultimate. The Uncollected Writings of Thomas de Quincey—Vol. 1 With a Preface and Annotations by James Hogg
  • However, an added bonus is that, even while dismissing Classical, or quantitative, prosody “English verse is so powerfully accentual and our ears are so habituated to its accents that quantitative prosody seems quite foreign to us.”156, they are able to support its study: THE PROSODY HANDBOOK: A GUIDE TO POETIC FORM by ROBERT BEUM & KARL SHAPIRO
  • Here the English long and short syllables -- as far as "long" and "short" can be definitely distinguished in English -- correspond precisely to the rules of Roman prosody. A Study of Poetry
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