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Made up of ten syllables. In English verse, the iambic pentameter is normally decasyllabic, although it sometimes becomes hendecasyllabic with the addition of an eleventh syllable. On the other hand, the hendecasyllabic line (endecasyllabo) of Italian verse employed by Dante and Petrarch may in practice be decasyllabic if no further unstressed syllables follow the stressed tenth syllable (see verso tronco).

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