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MEASURES OF VERSE,
Hope is banished,
Joys are vanished,
Damon, my beloved, is gone !
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. :
Gray's Liliputian ode is almost entirely in this diminutive metre.