from The Century Dictionary.
- Same as
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Having a redundant syllable; exceeding the common measure.
- adjective (Gr. & Lat. Pros.) a verse which contains a syllable more than the ordinary measure.
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Ed.; Q, her vertuous service; vertuous, which is obviously hypermetrical, has been repeated by mistake from the previous line.
Sometimes there are two consecutive lines having such hypermetrical syllables --
Is it not true, furthermore, as some metrical sceptics like to remind us, that if we once admit the principle of substitution and equivalence, of hypermetrical and truncated syllables, of pauses taking the place of syllables, we can very often make one metre seem very much like another?
-- This is particularly the case with all those airs which end with a hypermetrical syllable.
Milton frequently uses in his poems the hypermetrical or redundant line of eleven syllables.
The more important metrical tests include the following: the frequency of rhyme, whether in the heroic couplet or, as not uncommonly occurs in early plays, in alternates and even such elaborate arrangements as the sonnet; doggerel lines; alexandrines, or lines of twelve syllables; the presence of an extra syllable before a pause within the line; short lines, especially at the end of speeches; the substitution of other feet for the regular iambic movement of blank verse; weak and light endings; and, most valuable, the position of the pause in the line ( "end-stopped" or "run on"), and feminine endings or hypermetrical lines, such as
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