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A term covering poetic metres based upon a foot of two syllables (a duple foot), as opposed to triple metre, in which the predominant foot has three syllables. Most English metrical verse is in duple metre, either iambic or trochaic, and thus displays an alternation of stressed syllables with single unstressed syllables (see stress). In the context of classical Greek and Latin poetry, however, the term often refers to verse composed of dipodies.

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