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- n. One who writes verses.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A maker of verses.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who is versed in poetic meter or rhythm; a metrical writer; a metrician.
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Marianne Moore was a lifelong tennis player but not a good metrist.
The accomplished versification permitted the great metrist in Housman to establish the canons of Manilius's practice, and to use them.
We quite agree with Mr. White and Mr. Knight in their hearty dislike of the Steevens-system of versification, but we think that Coleridge (who, although the best English metrist since Milton, often thought lazily and talked loosely) has misled both of them in what he has said about the pauses and retardations of verse.
The immediate application of this psychological fact to the temporal rhythms has been clearly phrased by the French metrist, M. Verrier:
Dryden, too, approves of Fairfax, considered at least as a metrist.
To the metrist and rhythmist the poem will be of interest from the first, and throughout.
For the Greek poet was, as a metrist, thinking primarily of quantity, of the relative "timing" of his syllables, and the American of the relative "stress" of his syllables.
No other metre allows of anything like the variety of blank verse in this regard, and no other metrist makes so splendid a use of its freedom.
But the most remarkable instance of harmony between metrical form and other characteristics, both of form and matter, in the metrist has yet to be mentioned.
His verse was not the heroic line of ten syllables, chosen by most of the standard translators, but the long fourteen-syllabled measure, which degenerates easily into sing-song in the hands of a feeble metrist.
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