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1 (US), meter
1. a metric unit of length equal to approximately 1.094 yards
2. the basic SI unit of length; the length of the path travelled by light in free space during a time interval of 1/299 792 458 of a second. In 1983 this definition replaced the previous one based on krypton-86, which in turn had replaced the definition based on the platinum-iridium metre bar kept in Paris FORMULA


2 (US), meter
1. Prosody the rhythmic arrangement of syllables in verse, usually according to the number and kind of feet in a line
2. Music another word (esp US) for time

meter, metre (m)

The International Standard unit of length; equal to 39.37 inches.


(US "meter") The fundamental SI unit of length.

From 1889 to 1960, the metre was defined to be the distance between two scratches in a platinum-iridium bar kept in the vault beside the Standard Kilogram at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures near Paris.

This replaced an earlier definition as 10^-7 times the distance between the North Pole and the Equator along a meridian through Paris; unfortunately, this had been based on an inexact value of the circumference of the Earth.

From 1960 to 1984 it was defined to be 1650763.73 wavelengths of the orange-red line of krypton-86 propagating in a vacuum.

It is now defined as the length of the path traveled by light in a vacuum in the time interval of 1/299,792,458 of a second.
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Any metrical account of these lines which seeks to determine metrical form solely by looking at these surface characteristics of the text will only mimic the text's rhythm in an unexplanatory way.
Stripped of thematic content and reduced to a peculiarly Scottish metrical form, the song doesn't have a semantic meaning so much as a national identity--it isn't read so much as recognized.
The line containing "Hope" might sound anti-iambic to the point of dropping beneath Symond's "minimum of metrical form," but beneath the strident accents there remains a firm iambic structure.
If "Victoria's Tears" follows an eccentric rhythm, "Crowned and Wedded" returns us to a venerable metrical form.
It seems to me, however, that metrical form needs to be reintroduced to the conversation about Lanier and the political work we might imagine developing from prosodic structures.
But here, too, one may object that his insights - into the way phrases move us through a poem - tend to freeze into categories (movement toward, movement away from, a static moment (not a happy term), and moment of arrival), analytical terms (statement, extension, anticipation, arrival), and a graphic notation of capitalized abbreviations (ANT, ARR, STA, and EXT), to the point where he has students scanning for these phenomena as they scan lines for their metrical form.
What matters in "How They Brought the Good News from Ghent to Aix" is less the content (in fact the good news remains a blank or "X") than the metrical form of its transmission.
Like Hair, but for very different reasons, Fabb concludes that poetry--not just Browning's but metrical poetry generally--exhibits "two kinds of rhythmic, metrical form: the generated metrical form and the inferred metrical form.
The texts vary from strict metrical forms and rhymes of the author's youth, written in the vein of shy Romantic idealism, to the associative free verse of his mature period.
In the introduction to Archaic Style in English Literature, 1590-1674, Lucy Munro issues a challenge of sorts: "in exploring the uses of not only archaic vocabulary but also outmoded grammatical and metrical forms, I attempt .
We continue overwhelmingly to teach poetry composition within the musical accentual-syllabic tradition, believing, as Marjorie Perloff argued at the 2006 Associated Departments of English conference, that in order to write inventively, poetry students need to read more deeply in the literary history of poetry from its beginnings in the Anglo-Saxon alliterative line, through the metrical forms.