Definition of Prosody

1. Noun. The patterns of stress and intonation in a language.




2. Noun. (prosody) a system of versification.
Exact synonyms: Poetic Rhythm, Rhythmic Pattern
Category relationships: Metrics
Group relationships: Poem, Verse Form
Generic synonyms: Versification
Specialized synonyms: Beat, Cadence, Measure, Meter, Metre, Sprung Rhythm

3. Noun. The study of poetic meter and the art of versification.

Definition of Prosody

1. n. That part of grammar which treats of the quantity of syllables, of accent, and of the laws of versification or metrical composition.

Definition of Prosody

1. Noun. (linguistics) The study of rhythm, intonation, stress, and related attributes in speech. ¹

2. Noun. (poetry) The study of poetic meter; the patterns of sounds and rhythms in verse. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Prosody

1. the study of poetical forms [n -DIES] : PROSODIC [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Prosody

prosodiacal
prosodiacally
prosodial
prosodian
prosodians
prosodic
prosodic system
prosodical
prosodically
prosodies
prosodification
prosodifications
prosodion
prosodist
prosodists
prosody (current term)
prosoma
prosomal
prosomas
prosomata
prosopagnosia
prosopagnosic
prosopagnosics
prosopalgia
prosopalgias
prosopamnesia
prosophylline
prosopographic
prosopographies
prosopography

Literary usage of Prosody

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1. The Cambridge History of English Literature by Adolphus William Ward, Alfred Rayney Waller (1909)
"CHAPTER XIII prosody from Chaucer to Spenser IN the short summary or survey of the progress of English prosody which was given towards the end of the first ..."

2. The Influence of Milton on English Poetry by Raymond Dexter Havens (1922)
"CHAPTER III prosody AND DICTION "THE poets from Dryden to Johnson," writes Mr. Saintsbury, "knocked a real sense of regular rhythm into the English head. ..."

3. The Writings of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson (1904)
"THOUGHTS OX ENGLISH prosody, Every one knows the difference between verse and prose in his nati\-e language: nor does he r*xxi the aid of prosody to enable ..."

4. A History of Criticism and Literary Taste in Europe from the Earliest Texts by George Saintsbury (1902)
"They were attempted in France.2 But French had for centuries possessed a perfectly well-defined system of prosody, adapted and adequate to the needs and ..."

5. A Short History of English Literature by George Saintsbury (1898)
"VERSE AND THE NEW COUPLET The central period of English prosody— Distribution of Caroline poetry — Milton — His life — The earlier poems ..."

6. Elizabethan Critical Essays by George Gregory Smith (1904)
"These arguments are concerned with two main topics, the reconstruction of English prosody—the 'reform of English versifying ..."

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