Metrics
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Abstract

Metrics is the study of the formal properties of poetry. In Greek meter these involve primarily the distribution of heavy and light syllables in feet and metra and the regulations of word-end in various places in a line via caesurae and bridges.

1. Introduction

Metrics is the study of the formal properties of poetry, including the length and internal composition of lines and other recurring units of poems.…

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Chris Golston, “Metrics”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 25 September 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000233>
First published online: 2013



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