Definition of Octosyllabics

1. octosyllabic [n] - See also: octosyllabic



Lexicographical Neighbors of Octosyllabics

octopuslike
octopussies
octopyranose
octopyranoses
octoradiated
octoroon
octoroons
octose
octoses
octostichous
octostyle
octosyllabic
octosyllabical
octosyllabics (current term)
octosyllable
octosyllables
octothorn
octothorns
octothorp
octothorpe
octothorpes
octothorps
octoword
octoxide
octoxides
octoyl
octree

Literary usage of Octosyllabics

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Foreign Sources of Modern English Versification by Charlton Miner Lewis (1898)
"In pure French octosyllabics, the modern system asserted itself early. ... And again, speaking of French octosyllabics, he says: " Zwei ..."

2. English Composition and Rhetoric by Alexander Bain (1888)
"In these the Iambic measure is found largely to preponderate. Iambic octosyllabics, of four measures, or eight syllables, in couplets rhyming at the close. ..."

3. The Diary of John Evelyn by John Evelyn, Austin Dobson (1906)
"Preface,"l and which exhibits not only a creditable proficiency in pre-Swiftian octosyllabics, but a faculty for stocktaking in chiffons that would have ..."

4. The English Language in Its Elements and Forms: With a History of Its Origin by William Chauncey Fowler (1855)
"... Wide o'er the foaming billows She cast a wistful look; Her head was crown'd with willows, That trembled o'er the brook." ELEGIAC octosyllabics. ..."

5. The Influence of Milton on English Poetry by Raymond Dexter Havens (1922)
"In the first three volumes (published in 1748) there are 57 pages devoted to blank verse, 132 to octosyllabics, 205 to stanzas, and 404, or nearly half, ..."

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