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(plural -syllabi )

The Italian hendecasyllabic verse line, the standard line for epic verse, sonnets, and many other forms including blank verse, known in Italian as endecasyllabi sciolti (‘free hendecasyllables’). Italian versification counts the syllables of a verse line up to the last stressed syllable, which in the endecasyllabo is the tenth, and assumes one further unstressed syllable (see verso piano); so although the usual form of the line is truly hendecasyllabic, there are accepted ten- and twelve-syllable variants (see verso tronco). Apart from the required stress on the tenth syllable, a stress is expected on either the fourth or the sixth syllable, or both.

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