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Literature Glossary

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Pyrrhic

Definition:

A pyrrhic is a poetic foot made up of two unstressed syllables: dada. You won't see this guy a lot, but he pops in on occasion, like in the first line of Ben Jonson's "Slow, Slow Fresh Fount."