AskDefine | Define heptameter

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Noun

  1. a line or verse containing seven metrical feet

Extensive Definition

Heptameter is one or more lines of verse containing seven metrical feet (usually fourteen or twenty-one syllables).
An example from Lord Byron's Youth and Age:
'Tis but as ivy-leaves around the ruin'd turret wreathe,
All green and wildly fresh without, but worn and gray beneath.
O could I feel as I have felt, or be what I have been,
Or weep as I could once have wept o'er many a vanish'd scene,-
As springs in deserts found seem sweet, all brackish though they be,
So midst the wither'd waste of life, those tears would flow to me!
heptameter in German: Heptameter
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