American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The study of the metrical structure of verse.
- n. A particular system of versification.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The science of the quantity of syllables and of pronunciation as affecting versification; in a wider sense, metrics, or the elements of metrics, considered as a part of grammar (see metrics, 2).
- n. linguistics The study of rhythm, intonation, stress, and related attributes in speech.
- n. poetry The study of poetic meter; the patterns of sounds and rhythms in verse.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. That part of grammar which treats of the quantity of syllables, of accent, and of the laws of versification or metrical composition.
- n. (prosody) a system of versification
- n. the study of poetic meter and the art of versification
- n. the patterns of stress and intonation in a language
- From Middle French prosodie, from Latin prosōdia, from Ancient Greek προσῳδία (prosōidía, "song sung to music; pronunciation of syllable"), from πρός (pros, "to") + ᾠδή (ōidē, "song"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English prosodie, from Latin prosōdia, accent, from Greek prosōidiā, song sung to music, accent : pros-, pros- + ōidē, song; see ode. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It seems like this whole discussion thread needs a lesson in prosody, mainly because everyone is getting them wrong.”
“English prosody is regular and veiled, its natural beauties all melancholy; the clouds have shaped its hues, and the sound of waves its modulations.”
“And then, I felt harassed teaching a seminar in prosody — teaching form — at the graduate school level to unwilling, even surly students who were only taking it because they needed the credit.”
“ELISION, the omission or crowding out of unstressed words or unaccented syllables to make the metre smoother; a term belonging to classical prosody and inappropriate in English prosody except where syllable-counting verse is concerned.”
“QUANTITY, the length of a syllable; established by convention in classical prosody; in English prosody very uncertain but always present.”
“SPONDEE, a classical prosody a foot of two long syllables; in English prosody a foot of two 'long' or accented or stressed words or syllables,”
“Verse such as this would permit of every rhythmical variation known in English prosody, and through the appeal of its rhythm would offer the dramatist opportunities for emotional effect that prose would not allow him; but at the same time it could be spoken with entire naturalness by actors as ultra-modern as Mme. Nazimova.”
“Chinese prosody is a very difficult thing for an Occidental to understand.”
“His prosody is based upon the numbers five and seven, a”
“When I began the study of Latin prosody, I devised and explained to my professor a system of signs indicating the different meters and quantities.”
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