- deca- + syllabic (Wiktionary)
“Whether fifty thousand words of prose action or fourteen decasyllabic lines of verse with a strict rhyme scheme, a genre is a list of the minimal conditions that a writer must meet.”
“Debbie has some fine Augustan echoes: rolling decasyllabic lines though with impish breaks that propel semantic leaps, as in the first few lines!”
“Yes, at some point in my past, I decided to note the number of syllables you'd use for the word "Canterbury" in order to make the verse come out "properly" decasyllabic.”
“Yeah, it LOOKS iambic pentameter to me, too, but real medievalist verse types will tell you that it's not; it's something something decasyllabic verse.”
“Sharon and the maids of Salem, and a prophecy that roses shall deck the entire country of Syria, and a speedy reign of peace be established — all in undeniably decasyllabic lines, and the queerest aping of sense and sentiment and poetry.”
“The alternation of this decasyllabic rhythm with the ordinary hendecasyllable is studiously artistic; I have retained it throughout.”
“This is the only instance where Catullus has introduced a spondee into the second foot of the phalaecian, which then becomes decasyllabic.”
“Traditional readings of Keats's poetry (even up to the present day) assume a speaker of normative consciousness, a person testing the "limits" of visionary apprehension, an assumption encouraged by Keats's decasyllabic line (associated with speech conducted from the perspective of the social world).”
“It is a decasyllabic line, with a trochee substituted for an iambus in the third foot — Around: me gleamed: many a: bright se: pulchre.”
“Fourthly, if you take account of the said troublesome E, almost universally these deficient measures become filled up to the due complement -- become decasyllabic or hendecasyllabic, as the case may be.”
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