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A. Definition (CT)

Versification comprises the practice, description and regulation of rhythmically determined texts, which are intended for singing, recitation or speech-conscious reading.

The Indo-European languages have developed several systems of forming verses, that is, of speech-units separated by pauses and made recognisable by repetition: [39. 1-6; 63. 253-281]: a) the syllab…

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Poiss, Thomas, “Versification”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 04 August 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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