Other forms: prosodies

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
  1. noun
    the study of poetic meter and the art of versification
    synonyms: metrics
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    study of poetic works
  2. noun
    (prosody) a system of versification
    synonyms: 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
  3. noun
    the patterns of stress and intonation in a language
    synonyms: inflection
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    cadence, 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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