broken-backed line

noun

Definition of broken-backed line

: 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 24 Sep. 2021.

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