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[ar‐te ma‐yor]

A Spanish metrical term applied to verse employing lines of between eight and fourteen syllables, with four rhythmic stresses in two pairs divided by a caesura at the middle of the line. The most common form is a twelve‐syllable line with the caesura falling after the sixth syllable, the rhythm being predominantly anapaestic.

Subjects: Literature.

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