The key literary event of the Renaissance was the burgeoning of literature in vernacular languages, and this change produced an accompanying crisis: what meter would govern poetry, now that the quantitative measures of Latin were unavailable? Each language had to evolve its own solution according to its own predominate features. In English the dominating feature is stress, and the native poetic tradition was based on it. In French, in which stress plays little part, meter was a matter of counting syllables. Yet the Norman Invasion, in , and the subsequent period in which French was the language of England's law and of the ruling class, had brought the two together, complicating both the English language and its literary possibilities.
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Prosody is a technical term used in linguistics and poetry to describe the patterns, rhythms or meters of a language. Prosody can refer to the rules for the pronunciation of a language as well as its versification. The correct pronunciation of words includes:. Syllable length doesn't seem terribly important for pronunciation in English. Take a word like "laboratory. So it appears to have 5 syllables, but when someone from the U.
Metrical Feet (Coleridge poem) Glossary
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The foot is the basic repeating rhythmic unit that forms part of a line of verse in most Indo-European traditions of poetry , including English accentual-syllabic verse and the quantitative meter of classical ancient Greek and Latin poetry. The unit is composed of syllables , and is usually two, three, or four syllables in length. The most common feet in English are the iamb , trochee , dactyl , and anapest. The Ancient Greek prosodists, who invented this terminology, specified that a foot must have both an arsis and a thesis,  that is, a place where the foot was raised "arsis" and where it was put down "thesis" in beating time or in marching or dancing. The Greeks recognised three basic types of feet, the iambic where the ratio of arsis to thesis was , the dactylic where it was and the paeonic where it was