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MEASURES OF VERSE,
41
Hope is banished,
Joys are vanished,
Damon, my beloved, is gone !
Dry den.
It is difficult, if not almost impossible, to find suitable specimens of exact verses in all the tro­chaic measures, because our poets avail themselves so freely of licences. It has been already pointed out that extra unaccented syllables are frequently used at the end of a verse, making it hypermetrical; it is now necessary to add farther that an additional unaccented syllable is allowed before the first foot of a trochaic line, to which the term anacrusis has been applied, e.g. :
Besides this, truncated lines, as they are called, are frequently met with, i.e. verses shorn of their last unaccented syllables, e.g. :
Pope.
Gray's Liliputian ode is almost entirely in this diminutive metre.






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