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Unformatted text preview: Consonance (recurrence of consonant sounds in words) Assonance (recurrence of vowel sounds in words) THE KEY PRINCIPLES OF ANY METER 1. Meter corresponds to natural speech stress. 2. The sequence of rhythmic units (feet) COINCIDES with the sequence of semantic units (syntax). 3. Rhythm & syntax together create music & meaning. 4. Meter is already in the language. Poetry intensifies its presence. 5. Meter is never absolute. Meter relates to context. FOUR METERS IN ENGLISH 1. ACCENTUAL : measures lines by counting accents (stressed syllables). 2. SYLLABIC: measures lines by counting syllables (stressed & unstressed). 3. ACCENTUAL-SYLLABIC: measures lines by counting both accented and unaccented syllables, AND by positioning the unaccented syllables IN RELATION to the stressed syllables. 4. FREE VERSE: measures according to the musical phrase; variable & idiosyncratic....
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