Counting in metrical verse

Nigel Fabb, Morris Halle

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In this essay we approach the study of “cognition and literature” by examining a problem presented by metrical verse. When a poet composes a metrical line, or an audience judges that line to be metrical, they must be counting syllables, but how is that counting performed?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCognitive literary studies
Subtitle of host publicationCurrent themes and new directions
EditorsIsabel Jaén , Julien Jacques Simon
Place of PublicationAustin
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 2012


  • metre
  • cognition
  • poetry

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