Entertainment / Literature / Cadence: The melodic pattern just before the end of a sentence or phrase--for instance an interrogation or an exhortation. More generally, the natural rhythm of language depending on the position of stressed and unstressed syllables. Cadence is a major component of individual writers' styles. A cadence group is a coherent group of words spoken as a single rhythmical unit, such as a prepositional phrase, 'of parting day' or a noun phrase, 'our inalienable rights.'

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Cadence Noun Synonyms: measure, beat, rhythm, tempo, accent, pulse, metre, lilt, swing

Deceptive Cadence

Entertainment / Music / Deceptive Cadence: A chord progression that seems to lead to resolving itself on the final chord: but does not. MORE


Entertainment / Literature / Scansion: The act of 'scanning' a poem to determine its meter. To perform scansion, the student breaks down each line into individual metrical feet and determines which syllables have heavy stress and which hav MORE

Free Verse

Entertainment / Literature / Free Verse: Poetry based on the natural rhythms of phrases and normal pauses rather than the artificial constraints of metrical feet. Commonly called vers libre in French (the English term first appears in print MORE