masculine ending

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The ending of a metrical verse line on a stressed syllable, as in Emily Brontë's regular iambic line:And who can fight against despair?Masculine endings are also common in trochaic verse, where the final unstressed syllable expected in the regular pattern is frequently abandoned (see catalectic). In French, a masculine line is any line not ending in mute e, es, or ent. A masculine caesura is one that immediately follows a stressed syllable, usually in the middle of a line. See also metre, stress.

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