from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Containing or consisting of seven syllables. The second half of the elegiac pentameter is always heptasyllabic.
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So English uses ‘most intelligent’ not ‘intelligentest’ where Latin has no problem with a heptasyllabic intelligentissimus.
In the heptasyllabic couplet he is decidedly successful.
They are uniformly constructed with an introduction and a dialogue; the introduction is composed of from five to ten strophes of four heptasyllabic verses; the dialogue between two persons or two groups of persons contains forty four strophes (twenty-two for each interlocutor) similar to those in the prologue and forming an alphabetic acrostic.
So English uses 'most intelligent' (not 'intelligentest') where Latin has no problem with a heptasyllabic
Textually, the departure from normal German octosyllabic verse and the almost exclusive use in the first volume (1576) of Italian poetic forms – for example the decasyllabic or hendecasyllabic triplet with the rhyme pattern AAA, ABA, ABB, or else the six-line hexasyllabic or heptasyllabic, divided into three couplets with the rhyme pattern AA, BB, CC – indicate the extent to which Regnart was influenced by his Italian models; this influence is less marked, however, in the second and third books (1577–9).
” It contains 259 stanzas of eight lines each, in heptasyllabic metre, with alternate rhyme.