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In Italian versification, a ‘plain’ line of verse that conforms to the regularly expected number of syllables by closing with a single unstressed syllable after the stress on the penultimate syllable. Thus in the standard Italian hendecasyllabic line (endecasyllabo), the stressed tenth syllable is followed by one unstressed syllable. A line at the end of which a further unstressed syllable appears is called a verso sdrucciolo.

Subjects: Literature.

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