broken-backed line

noun

: a line truncated in the middle
used especially of many lines in the verse of John Lydgate that have usually nine syllables and appear to lack an unstressed syllable at the medial break or caesura

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“Broken-backed line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/broken-backed%20line. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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