Origin of hemistich
Examples from the Web for hemistich
The sub-type A3 is type A with alliteration on the second arsis only and is limited almost entirely to the first hemistich.
I have composed the first hemistich of a verse, but cannot finish it, although it has occupied my mind for some days.'A Boswell of Baghdad|E. V. Lucas
The last line has the regular number of syllables, but double inversion of accent in the first hemistich.
The sectional rhyme, so called because it consists of two rhyming words within one section or hemistich.
Type B, according to Sievers, occurs 1014 times in Beowulf, of which 293 are in the first hemistich and 721 in the second.
British Dictionary definitions for hemistich
Word Origin and History for hemistich
"half a poetic line," 1570s, from Middle French hémistiche, from Latin hemistichium, from Greek hemistikhion "half-line, half-verse," from hemi- "half" (see hemi-) + stikhos "row, line of verse" (see stair).