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sprung rhythm

a poetic rhythm characterized by the use of strongly accented syllables, often in juxtaposition, accompanied by an indefinite number of unaccented syllables in each foot, of which the accented syllable is the essential component.
term introduced by Gerard Manley Hopkins (1877) Unabridged
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  • His life is a sprung rhythm of desperate improvisation.
British Dictionary definitions for sprung rhythm

sprung rhythm

(prosody) a type of poetic rhythm characterized by metrical feet of irregular composition, each having one strongly stressed syllable, often the first, and an indefinite number of unstressed syllables
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