ballad meter

ballad meter
: the meter common in English ballads consisting chiefly of iambic lines of 7 accents each arranged in rhymed pairs and usually printed as the 4-line ballad stanza

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  • ballad stanza — noun : a verse stanza common in English ballads that consists of 2 lines in ballad meter usually printed as a 4 line stanza with lines 1 and 3 of 4 accents each unrhymed and with lines 2 and 4 of 3 accents each rhymed …   Useful english dictionary

  • common particular meter — noun or common particular measure : a variation of ballad meter in which the four stress lines are doubled producing a stanza of six lines in tail rhyme arrangement, the number of stresses in the lines being 4, 4, 3, 4, 4, 3 …   Useful english dictionary

  • long meter — noun also long measure : a quatrain in iambic tetrameter lines with the second and fourth lines rhyming and often the first and third lines rhyming compare ballad meter …   Useful english dictionary

  • common meter — noun the usual (iambic) meter of a ballad • Syn: ↑common measure • Hypernyms: ↑meter, ↑metre, ↑measure, ↑beat, ↑cadence …   Useful english dictionary

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