Tribrach

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Tribrach

 

(1) In classical prosody, a foot consisting of three short syllables.

(2) In Russian versification, the term sometimes refers to a dactyl, amphibrach, or anapest that lacks an accent, for example:

Pervoe délo u deda—

Potolkovat’ s muzhikom.

(N. A. Nekrasov)

Such omissions were rare in the 19th century, occurring primarily in the first foot of a dactyl, as in the above example. In the 20th century they became more common and occurred both at the beginning of lines and in the middle of lines.

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