from The Century Dictionary.
- Not metrical; irregular in meter.
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- adjective Not written in
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First, a fair number of writers of unmetrical verse that I see in critique groups have been misled by that analogy.
The former has in composition, metrical or unmetrical three distinct forms.
Its wrenched accents and slurred syllables sometimes appear absolutely unmetrical, but it seems that Donne generally followed subtle rhythmical ideas of his own.
At ix 108 it reads _fato_ for _facto_, at ix 130 it has the false and unmetrical spelling _praeces_, at ix 132 it has _misscelite_ for _misi caelite_, at xii 17 it reads _lati_ for _dilati_, and at xii 19 _naia_ for _nota_.
It occurs twice in the book -- once in the itinerary, and again in a trifling and unmetrical song, which is probably the duke's own composition; written probably on the eve of his flight with his romantic but guilty companion to Holland: --
Query, Is the medal referred to by Voltaire known to exist? and if so, is the substitution of the unmetrical and prosaic word _copias_ due to the author of the medal, or to Voltaire himself?
The inverse error occurs at _Her_ VI 32, where most manuscripts have the unmetrical _aeripedes_ for _aenipedes_.
_Aenea_ therefore continued to be the accepted reading until 1873, when Haupt (_Opuscula_ 584) pointed out that it was unmetrical, and restored _aerea_, found in some manuscripts.
I take _qua_ to be an unmetrical form corrupted from the rare form _quae_ of the indefinite adjective.
= Restored by Heinsius from the manuscripts 'unmetrical SYRACVSIA, as at _Fast_ VI 277.