Definition of counterpoint rhythm
: rhythm in poetry including so much metrical inversion that the prevailing cadence ceases at times to prevail and so that a complex rhythm results from the concomitance of the basic cadence with its inversion if … reversal is repeated in two feet running … it … is … the superinducing … of a new rhythm upon the old … [so that] two rhythms are in some measure running at once … and this is counterpoint rhythm — G. M. Hopkins
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