monometer

monometrical /mon'euh me"tri keuhl/, monometric, adj.
/meuh nom"i teuhr/, n. Pros.
a line of verse of one measure or foot.
[1840-50; < LL: composed in one meter < Gk monómetros, equiv. to mono- MONO- + métr(on) METER2 + -os adj. suffix]

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      a rare form of verse in which each line consists of a single metrical unit (a foot or dipody). The best-known example of an entire poem in monometer is Robert Herrick (Herrick, Robert)'s “Upon His Departure Hence”:

Thus I
Passe by,
And die:
As One,
Unknown,
And gon:
I'm made
A shade,
And laid
I'th grave,
There have
My Cave.
Where tell
I dwell,
Farewell.

      Another example in light verse is Desmond Skirrow's “Ode on a Grecian Urn Summarized”:

Gods chase
Round vase.
What say?
What play?
Don't know
Nice, though.

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  • Monometer — Mo*nom e*ter, n. [Gr. ? of one meter; mo nos single + ? measure.] A rhythmic series, consisting of a single meter. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Monomĕter — (griech.), aus nur einem Metrum (z. B. einer iambischen Dipodie) bestehender Vers …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Monometer — Monometer, aus nur einem Gliede bestehender Vers; monometrisch, einmaßig, gleichmaßig …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • Monometer — In poetry, a monometer is a line of verse with just one metrical foot, exemplified by this portion of Robert Herrick s Upon His Departure Hence : Thus I Passe by, And die: As one, Unknown, And gone. A more famous example is the slogan of the Milk …   Wikipedia

  • monometer — noun Etymology: Late Latin, from Greek monometros, from mon + metron measure more at measure Date: circa 1846 a line of verse consisting of a single metrical foot or dipody …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • monometer — noun A line of verse containing a single metrical foot …   Wiktionary

  • Monometer — Mo|no|me|ter, der; s, [zu griech. métron = (Vers)maß] (antike Metrik): aus nur einem ↑Metrum (1) bestehende metrische Einheit, die selbstständig nur als Satzschluss verwendet wird …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Monometer — Mo|no|me|ter der; s, <zu 3↑...meter> aus nur einem ↑Metrum bestehende metrische Einheit, die selbstständig nur als Satzschluss verwendet wird (antike Metrik) …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • monometer — n. (Poetry) verse consisting of one metrical foot or dipody …   English contemporary dictionary

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