Besides these types the first hemistich has, as in Old English times, some forms of its own.
I have composed the first hemistich of a verse, but cannot finish it, although it has occupied my mind for some days.'
The sub-type A3 is type A with alliteration on the second arsis only and is limited almost entirely to the first hemistich.
The simple five types of the hemistich admit of variation: i. by extension (as above); ii.
The last line has the regular number of syllables, but double inversion of accent in the first hemistich.
Type B, according to Sievers, occurs 1014 times in Beowulf, of which 293 are in the first hemistich and 721 in the second.
Every hemistich consists of two feet or measures, each containing an accented syllable.
According to their position in the hemistich, rhymes fall into two classes (a) interior rhymes like hnd rnd gefeng Beow.
In the employment of alliteration and in the structure of the hemistich the lengthened line is closely allied to the normal line.
The sectional rhyme, so called because it consists of two rhyming words within one section or hemistich.