Definition of decasyllabic in English:


Line breaks: deca|syl¦lab¦ic
Pronunciation: /ˌdɛkəsɪˈlabɪk


  • (Of a metrical line) consisting of ten syllables.
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    • Unlike Southwell's four other nativity poems, this one is written in decasyllabic six-ains, which we find frequently in his poetry.
    • They should be ruled rather by accent than by mere beat, but in no case may there be a line or lines which cannot be read as decasyllabic without difficulty or hesitation.
    • More precisely, you adapt a variation of decasyllabic meter, where your lines alternate between thirteen and seven syllables each.

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