Common metre

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Common metre the stanza forming a quatrain in eights and sixes, of four and of three iambic feet alternately—also Service metre, from its use in the metrical psalms, &c., and Ballad metre, from its use in old romances and ballads
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. metrum—Gr. metron.

Usage

In literature:

Superior people will be pained at the flatness of the metre; Common people will hate the plainness of the words.
"More Translations from the Chinese" by Various
Ballads are more frequently written in common metre lines of eight and six syllables alternating.
"The Bay State Monthly, Volume 3, No. 2" by Various
The poetry is commonly not his own; what it violates every law of sense, fitness, metre, rhyme and taste it is.
"The Shadow On The Dial, and Other Essays" by Ambrose Bierce
The metre is common, and the tune, 'Southwell.
"The Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper
This is the common metre of the Psalm versions.
"A Handbook of the English Language" by Robert Gordon Latham
This is the common metre of the psalm-versions.
"The English Language" by Robert Gordon Latham
Next, Coleridge assumes that because of custom, metre must have some property in common with poetry.
"The Literature of Ecstasy" by Albert Mordell
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In poetry:

THE SONG. But this demands a briefer line,--
A shorter muse, and not the old long Nine;
Long metre answers for a common song,
Though common metre does not answer long.
"A Modest Request" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In science:

Finally the readout scheme, which is common to all the chips, has been validated on the large square-metre board, built as a scalable technological prototype of DHCAL that is read-out by the side.
CALICE Report to the DESY Physics Research Committee, April 2011
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