Q is for Quantitative Meter

Q

Sure, I could have gone with something easier like the quatrain (a four line rhyming stanza a la ABAC or ABCB), but I selected something more challenging.

Quantitative Meter

“The dominant metrical system in Classical Greek and Italian poetry, in which the rhythm depends not on the number of stresses, but on the length of time it takes to utter a line. That duration depends on whether a syllable is long or short—a distinction that is harder to hear in English pronunciation.”

Source – http://www.poetryfoundation.org/resources/learning/glossary-terms

There aren’t many English equivalents of this form to share, but I have to wonder, wouldn’t the length of time it takes to read a line vary from reader to reader?

If quantitative meter ever became a competitive sport, I think this guy would have an awfully unfair advantage.

My 80’s childhood.

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