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Poetry Guide: Choriamb

In Greek and Latin poetry, choriamb refers to a prosodic foot of four syllables, of the pattern long-short-short-long.

In the prosody of English and other modern European languages, "choriamb" is sometimes used to describe four-syllable sequence of the pattern stressed-unstressed-unstressed-stressed: for example, "SEEN and not HEARD".

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