Definition of heptameter in English:

heptameter

Syllabification: hep·tam·e·ter
Pronunciation: /hepˈtamitər
 
/

noun

Prosody
  • A line of verse consisting of seven metrical feet.
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    • 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.

Origin

late 19th century: via late Latin from Greek heptametron, from hepta- 'seven' + metron 'measure'.

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