accent


accent

In prosody, a rhythmically significant stress on the syllables of a verse, usually at regular intervals. Though the term is often used interchangeably with stress, some prosodists use accent to mean the emphasis determined by normal language usage and stress to mean emphasis determined by metrical pattern.

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