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Definitions for decasyllable
ˈdɛk əˌsɪl ə bəldeca·syl·la·ble

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  1. decasyllable(noun)

    a verse line having ten syllables


  1. decasyllable(Noun)

    A verse form having ten syllables in each line


  1. Decasyllable

    Decasyllable is a poetic meter of ten syllables used in poetic traditions of syllabic verse. In languages with a stress accent, it is the equivalent of pentameter with iambs or trochees. Decasyllable was used in epic poetry of the Southern Slavs. It has also been used as the basic structure for several poetic forms in the English language including the Decasyllabic quatrain as well as in many English sonnets Medieval French heroic epics were most often composed in 10 syllable verses, generally with a regular caesura after the fourth syllable. Use of the 10 syllable line in French poetry however was eclipsed by the 12 syllable "alexandrine" line, particularly after the 16th century. Paul Valéry's great poem "The Graveyard by the Sea" is, however, written in decasyllables. In 19th century Italian opera, this form was often employed in the libretto. Noting its use in the operas of Giuseppe Verdi, musicologist Philip Gossett describes the composer's request to the librettist for his opera Macbeth, Francesco Maria Piave, as follows: "I'd like to do a chorus as important as the one in Nabucco, but I wouldn't want it to have the same rhythm, and that's why I ask you for ottonari" [8 syllables; and then Gossett continues] “Va, pensiero, sull'ali dorate” from Nabucco, “O Signore del tetto natio” from I Lombardi, and “Si ridesti il Leon di Castiglia” from Ernani all employ the poetic meter of decasillabi.

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  1. Alex
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  1. decasyllable


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of decasyllable in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of decasyllable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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