Common Measure

Entertainment / Literature / Common Measure: Also called common meter, common measure consists of closed poetic quatrains rhyming ABAB or ABCB, in which the lines of iambic tetrameter (eight syllables) alternate with lines of iambic trimeter (six syllables). This pattern is most often associated with ballads (see above), and it is occasionally referred to as 'ballad measure.' Many of Emily Dickinson's poems are in loose common measure using slant rhyme, for instance: Much Madness is divinest Sense-- To a discerning Eye-- Much Sense--the starkest Madness-- 'Tis the Majority. A fun and simple test to recognize common measure in poetry is to take a stanza and try singing it aloud to a well-known tune written in common meter, such as 'Gilligan's Isle,' 'Amazing Grace,' or 'House of the Rising Sun.' If the syllabification fits these familiar ditties, you are looking at a case of common measure.

Other Words for Common

Common Adjective Synonyms: mutual, reciprocal, joint, shared
Common Noun Synonyms: ordinary, everyday, commonplace, prosaic,ual, familiar, customary, prevalent, frequent, run-of-the-mill, general, normal, standard, conventional, regular, routine, stock, average, proverbial, plain, simple, garden-variety, common or garden
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Other Words for Measure

Measure Adverb Synonyms: amount, quantity, magnitude, amplitude, size, bulk, mass, extent, reach, dimension, scope, proportions, range, spread, capacity, volume, width, length, breadth, height, weight
Measure Adjective Synonyms: scale, gauge or technical gage, yardstick, rule, litmus test
Measure Noun Synonyms: system, standard, criterion, rule, method, barometer, Richter scale
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Common Meter

Entertainment / Literature / Common Meter: Another term for common measure (see above). MORE

Internal Measure

Business / Finance / Internal Measure: The number of days that a firm can finance operations without additional cash income. MORE

Graham-Harvey Measure 2

Business / Finance / Graham-Harvey Measure 2: Performance measure developed by John Graham and Campbell Harvey. The idea is to lever a fund's portfolio to exactly match the volatility of the S&P 500. The difference between the fund's levered retu MORE

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