Prosody is the rhythm and sounds used in poetry. Kids who can freestyle rap fit the prosody of their words to a rhythm that's already laid down.

Prosody can also mean the study of the rhythms and sounds of language, and sometimes you can talk about the prosody of prose. It's about where the emphasis falls in the words and how those work together. When you read great writers like Alice Munro aloud, you will see that their prosody, as much as anything, is what carries the story forward.

Definitions of prosody

n the study of poetic meter and the art of versification

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study of poetic works

n (prosody) a system of versification

poetic rhythm, rhythmic pattern
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beat, cadence, measure, meter, metre
(prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
sprung rhythm
a poetic rhythm that imitates the rhythm of speech
the absence of a syllable in the last foot of a line or verse
analysis of verse into metrical patterns
common measure, common meter
the usual (iambic) meter of a ballad
foot, metrical foot, metrical unit
(prosody) a group of 2 or 3 syllables forming the basic unit of poetic rhythm
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the form or metrical composition of a poem

n the patterns of stress and intonation in a language

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intonation, modulation, pitch contour
rise and fall of the voice pitch
a break or pause (usually for sense) in the middle of a verse line
enjambement, enjambment
the continuation of a syntactic unit from one line of verse into the next line without a pause
accent, emphasis, stress
the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch)
rhythm, speech rhythm
the arrangement of spoken words alternating stressed and unstressed elements
intonation pattern
intonations characteristic of questions and requests and statements
drone, droning, monotone
an unchanging intonation
a regular and monotonous rising and falling intonation
the use or application of an accent; the relative prominence of syllables in a phrase or utterance
pitch accent, tonic accent
emphasis that results from pitch rather than loudness
word accent, word stress
the distribution of stresses within a polysyllabic word
sentence stress
the distribution of stresses within a sentence
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delivery, manner of speaking, speech
your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally

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