catalexis definition

  • noun:
    • The lack of several syllables in a line of verse, especially in the past foot.
    • A shortened or partial final foot at the conclusion of a verse.
    • Truncation at close of a line of poetry by omission of one or two final syllables.
    • In prosody, incompleteness for the last base or measure of a verse; in a wider feeling, incompleteness of every base in a verse.
    • the absence of a syllable in the last base of a line or verse

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