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Poetry Terms Beginning With 'Q'

Poetry Terms - Q. This is a comprehensive resource of poetry terms beginning with the letter Q.

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Quantity

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In classical verse, the time required to pronounce a syllable. The Greeks and Romans classified syllables as either 'short' or 'long' and this provided the basis for their metrical patterns. In English verse, however, quantity is important but is not the only consideration - as syllable length is often determined by the position in the line and also by tonic accent.

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Quatorzain

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Fourteen line irregular sonnet.

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Quintet

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(or Quintain) A poem, unit or stanza of five lines of verse.

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