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Responsion is the agreement between the corresponding parts of repeated structures, including verbal, syntactic, thematic, prosodic, but above all, metrical repetition. When periods or strophes, or their constituent metra and cola, are systematically repeated, their agreement, or correspondence, is called ‘responsion’, and the units in question are said to ‘respond’ with one another. As the fundamental structural principle of Greek poetry, the study of …

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Nicholas Swift, “Responsion”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 24 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000308>
First published online: 2013

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