Definitions

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  • n. The substitution of a long for a short syllable (or vice versa) to break up the rhythm of a poem.
  • n. reflection or refraction of light or sound.
  • n. The forced bending of a joint.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In prosody, the substitution of a ditrochee for an Ionic a majori, so that the second and third of the four syllables interchange lengths.

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Examples

  • In v. 10 I have ventured on a license which Catullus does not admit, but which is, I think, justified by other and earlier specimens of the metre, an anaclasis of the original Ionic a minore at the end of the line.

    Poems and Fragments

  • Catullus does not admit, but which is, I think, justified by other and earlier specimens of the metre, an anaclasis of the original Ionic a minore at the end of the line.

    The Poems and Fragments of Catullus

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