23:14 Jun 21, 2018
Italian to English translations [PRO]
Poetry & Literature
Italian term or phrase: Novenario
I am translating a description of a poem and it uses "novenari" to describe the structure - "Costruiti con tre novenari"

Wiki tells me that this is "a line of verse containing nine syllables" ( yet gives no English translation. I would like to know if there is an English translation of this, or if it is not really used in English poetry and therefore has no translation.
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4 +1nine-syllable line
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nine-syllable line

You could say "novenari (nine-syllable lines)", though I don't think the Italian word would really add anything.

Note added at 1 hr (2018-06-22 00:16:47 GMT)

Or enneasyllable, but very few people will understand this.

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agree  BdiL: But, please, read my reference comment. Maurizio
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Reference: Novenario

Reference information:
The "Novenario" is characterized not only by the nine syllables, but by a peculiar rhythm, due to which syllables are stressed. In a sense, recalling the Latin and Greek metrics. Cfr. decasillabo and endecasillabo, and read Dante's opinion for rejecting (or harshly criticizing) the Novenario.

In my opinion a translation such as "nine-syllable line (Novenario)" would add something, supplying a line for the reader to a more complete understanding of what remains an Italian composition.

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