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While reading about Hungarian poetry, I came across the claim that:

pure syllabic/quantitative metre is very rare = Hungarian, Greco-Roman ‘időmértékes’ metre

I don't know what "pure syllabic/quantitative metre" means - I found a good source about it, but far too technical for me to understand - but it sounds like Hungarian poetry has something in common with ancient Greco-Roman poetry and not many other languages/styles, which is interesting. I also tried looking up "időmértékes", but only found some pages in Hungarian, which don't tell me much since machine translation seems very bad at Hungarian-to-English.

What is the standard meter (if any) of Hungarian poetry? Is there a special metrical style in this language?

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    The Hungarian phrase időmértékes verselés translates to "quantitative versification". The word időmértékes = idő + mérték + es, where idő = time, mérték = measurement, and es is an adjective-forming suffix. The whole phrase is more self-explanatory in Hungarian than in English, I think. Quantitative verse is based on long vs. short syllables (in terms of actual duration) rather than on stressed vs. unstressed syllables. For example the Hungarian word kovács (= smith) is a trochee in stress versification, since (like every word in Hungarian) it is stressed on the first syllable; but it's an – user14111 Jan 12 at 6:28
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    iamb in quantitative versification, since the o is short but the á is long, as shown by the accent mark. English verse is based on stress meter. I knew that classical Greek and Latin verse used quantitative meter. I didn't know that about Hungarian. poetryfoundation.org/learn/glossary-terms/quantitative-meter – user14111 Jan 12 at 6:28
  • @user14111 Great info, thank you. (I now remember that ancient Greco-Latin poetry used long/short syllables instead of stressed/unstressed, and it makes a little more sense.) It's especially interesting that in Hungarian the stress is always on the first syllable - this explains why a stressed/unstressed metrical system wouldn't work. Would you like to turn these comments into an answer? I'd probably ultimately accept it. – Rand al'Thor Jan 12 at 13:01
  • Sorry, trying to write an answer would be too much work and time. I don't have any references, and I'm not an expert on this stuff (either prosody or the Hungarian language), so I just spouted off what I knew from the top of my head. You can use the hints I gave you to write your own answer. – user14111 Jan 12 at 13:32
  • By the way I'm not sure fixed stress means that stress meter wouldn't work. There other languages with fixed stress, e.g. Czech (first syllable), Finnish (I don't know but I'm guessing it's like Hungarian in that respect), Polish (penultimate syllable). Do they all use quantitative meter? I don't know. Like I said, I didn't even know that about Hungarian. (I learned a little Hungarian when I spent a year there.) – user14111 Jan 12 at 13:35

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