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trochee

Prosody a metrical foot of two syllables, the first long and the second short (– ⌣)

Trochee

 

(1) In metric versification, a foot three moras in length, consisting of one long and one short syllable (¯ ˅).

(2) In Russian syllabotonic versification, a two-syllable foot stressed on the first syllable. In trochaic verse the weak syllables are unstressed and the strong syllables may be either unstressed or stressed; the last syllable in a line must be stressed. Examples are Górnye vershíny (“Mountain peaks,” M. Iu. Lermontov; trochaic trimeter), Búria mglóiu nébo króet (“The storm covers the sky with mist,” A. S. Pushkin; trochaic tetrameter), Vykhozhúodín ia na dorógu (“I go out on the road alone,” Lermontov; trochaic pentameter), and Nét na svéte múk sil’née múki slóva (“There are no torments on earth more intense than the torment of the word,” S. Ia. Nadson; trochaic hexameter).

In Russian poetry of the 18th and 19th centuries the most common trochaic meter was the tetrameter. Beginning in the mid-19th century the trochaic pentameter became more widespread; other trochaic meters were rarely used.

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4], on the other hand, Koidula's indices are much closer to that of the random trochees.
In Estonian, feet are disyllabic trochees regardless of the weight of their constituent syllables.
In the naive, echoey world of sound, what does it matter if we hear TRUN dled / FROM the / STRANGE ness / OF the / SEA--catalectic trochees (final syllable missing)--or TRUN / riled FROM / the STRANGE / ness OF / the SEA--acephalous iambs (first syllable missing)?
Coleridge writes the eleven-year-old Henry Gillman that he should learn iambs, trochees, spondees, pyrrics, amphimacers, and amphibrachs with the diligence he applies when learning his cyphers from a multiplication table (SWF 2.
32) The most we may be sure of in this line, Ziolkowski concludes, is that trochees seem identified with praise, and thus this poem, not in trochaic metre, will not present praise.
Since this "great divide" narrative is also predicated upon an understanding of poetic meter based upon "feet"--iambs, trochees, dactyls, anapests, and the like--it also unself-consciously reaffirms both a "military-metrical" complex associated with the competitive nationalism of World War I and "a perpetuation of the class differences in education" (pp.
Or maybe the stanza's function is more purely formal: sonically introducing the "t" that will dominate the final couplet, metrically mediating the first line's trochees and the fifth line's cretic with a third line suggesting either.
And isn't it fitting that the legendarily modest Elizabeth Bishop was given no middle name, whereas Ronald Wilson Reagan is a name that, thanks to that lock-step succession of hard trochees, sounds positively imperious?
Hungarian iambic is syllabo-accentual, whereas Hungarian trochees and dactyls are basically "quantitative," as in Greek and Latin poetry.
Whereas it is traditionally assumed that the feet resulting from gemination are trochees consisting of two heavy syllables, P.
For the sake of explicitness, I will assume the footing proposed by Kager (1995), where PWords are exhaustively footed by bisyllabic trochees (28), and only final syllables of PWords with uneven syllables number allow a monosyllabic foot.
Another out-of-the-ordinary substitution Steele does not dislike is the first- and second-foot trochees in Louise Bogan's line from "Animal, Vegetable, and Mineral": "Eager quickly to free its sticky foot.