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  • n. Plural form of decasyllable.


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  • Aeneids of Virgil translated into English decasyllables_, adduces as one of his motives

    Early Theories of Translation

  • And it is to be observed also that in this same poem it is possible to discover not a few very complete and handsome decasyllables which would do no discredit to

    The Flourishing of Romance and the Rise of Allegory (Periods of European Literature, vol. II)

  • He does not seem to have much command of trisyllabic measures, and is perhaps happiest in the above-mentioned mono-rhymed quatrain, apparently a favourite measure then, which he uses sometimes in octosyllables, but often also in decasyllables.

    The Flourishing of Romance and the Rise of Allegory (Periods of European Literature, vol. II)

  • In him, or at least in his printer, the mania for cutting up long verses reaches its height, and his very decasyllables are found arranged in the strange fashion of four and six as thus: --

    A History of Elizabethan Literature

  • Here and there, there are signs of the stateliness and poetical imagery of the "Induction"; but for the most part the decasyllables stop dead at their close and begin afresh at their beginning with a staccato movement and a dull monotony of cadence which is inexpressibly tedious, as will be seen in the following: --

    A History of Elizabethan Literature

  • In the following poems even worse liberties are found, and the strange turns and twists which the poet gives to his decasyllables suggest either a total want of ear or such a study in foreign languages that the student had actually forgotten the intonation and cadences of his own tongue.

    A History of Elizabethan Literature

  • Germine nobilis Eulalia is not one of the best, and contrasts ill with the stately decasyllables -- perhaps the very earliest examples of that mighty metre that we have -- which the infant daughter-tongue somehow devised for itself some centuries later.

    A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1 From the Beginning to 1800

  • Much more is imparted by the equally peculiar character of the metre -- the long _tirades_ or _laisses_, assonanced or mono-rhymed paragraphs in decasyllables or alexandrines, which, to those who have once caught their harmony, have an indescribable and unparalleled charm.

    A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1 From the Beginning to 1800

  • But in this stave there is no instance of the strangest peculiarity, and what seems to some the worst fault of the piece, the profusion of broken-up decasyllables, which sometimes suggest a very "corrupt" manuscript, or a passage of that singular stuff in the Caroline dramatists which is neither blank verse, nor any other, nor prose.

    Matthew Arnold

  • I had rather hear Mr.. Warrington's artless prattle than your declamation of Mr. Warrington's decasyllables.

    The Virginians


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