Definition of acatalectic in English:


Syllabification: a·cat·a·lec·tic
Pronunciation: /āˌkatlˈektik


  • (Of a line of verse) having the full number of syllables.
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    • When unstressed syllables are not dropped at the beginning or the end of a line, they are said to be acatalectic.
    • The term catalectic means the meter is short the final syllable (tongue would have to be tonguey to complete the trochee), and acatalectic means it is complete.
    • A fierce opponent of literary plagiarism, Poe claims originality for his stanza form in ‘The Raven’: trochaic rhythm; octameter acatalectic alternating with heptameter catalectic repeated in refrain of fifth verse.


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  • A line of acatalectic verse.
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    • In classical terms, the meter is a slightly irregular amphribachic trimeter, alternating acatalectic and catalectic.

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