- Prosody. a verse of four feet.
- Classical Prosody. a line consisting of four dipodies in trochaic, iambic, or anapestic meter.
- Prosody. consisting of four metrical feet.
Origin of tetrameter
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It is called a tetrameter, and consists of fifteen syllables (mostly —∪, called trochees).The Faust-Legend and Goethe's 'Faust'
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A tetrameter brachycatalectic in both sections may also be broken up either by leonine or by inserted rhyme.A History of English Versification
In its highest order, the lyric or “ode,” it is a tetrameter, the line having the time of eight iambics.The Unknown Eros
The heptameter is usually divided into a tetrameter and a trimeter; the octameter, into two tetrameters.
A stanza made up of tetrameter alternating with trimeter is very common.
- a line of verse consisting of four metrical feet
- a verse composed of such lines
- (in classical prosody) a line of verse composed of four dipodies
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Word Origin and History for tetrameter
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