Definition of heptameter in English:
A line of verse consisting of seven metrical feet.
- Iambic heptameters, known as ‘fourteeners’ from their syllabic count, were employed by a number of poets in the 15th and 16th centuries, for example in Chapman's translation of Homer.
- Poems written in heptameter tend to jog along and are usually comic in character.
- Hexameters, for example, are difficult to handle, and heptameters are apt to break into two lines of four and three stresses each, the so-called ballad metre.
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