Definitions

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  • adj. Not written in metre

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not metrical; irregular in meter.

Etymologies

un- +‎ metrical (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • First, a fair number of writers of unmetrical verse that I see in critique groups have been misled by that analogy.

    “But I Have

  • The former has in composition, metrical or unmetrical three distinct forms.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • I take _qua_ to be an unmetrical form corrupted from the rare form _quae_ of the indefinite adjective.

    The Last Poems of Ovid

  • The inverse error occurs at _Her_ VI 32, where most manuscripts have the unmetrical _aeripedes_ for _aenipedes_.

    The Last Poems of Ovid

  • At ix 108 it reads _fato_ for _facto_, at ix 130 it has the false and unmetrical spelling _praeces_, at ix 132 it has _misscelite_ for _misi caelite_, at xii 17 it reads _lati_ for _dilati_, and at xii 19 _naia_ for _nota_.

    The Last Poems of Ovid

  • _Aenea_ therefore continued to be the accepted reading until 1873, when Haupt (_Opuscula_ 584) pointed out that it was unmetrical, and restored _aerea_, found in some manuscripts.

    The Last Poems of Ovid

  • = Restored by Heinsius from the manuscripts 'unmetrical SYRACVSIA, as at _Fast_ VI 277.

    The Last Poems of Ovid

  • Query, Is the medal referred to by Voltaire known to exist? and if so, is the substitution of the unmetrical and prosaic word _copias_ due to the author of the medal, or to Voltaire himself?

    Notes and Queries, Number 55, November 16, 1850

  • Its wrenched accents and slurred syllables sometimes appear absolutely unmetrical, but it seems that Donne generally followed subtle rhythmical ideas of his own.

    A History of English Literature

  • It occurs twice in the book -- once in the itinerary, and again in a trifling and unmetrical song, which is probably the duke's own composition; written probably on the eve of his flight with his romantic but guilty companion to Holland: --

    Notes and Queries, Number 13, January 26, 1850

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