An Introduction to Dialoephe

Dialoephe is a kind of MetaplasmOpens in new window which consists when an elisionOpens in new window of a final vowelOpens in new window is neglected, although the next initial vowel required it.

The dialoephe is a figure with which poets take the liberty at suffering a word ending in many vowels to stand next another which begins with a vowel too, and yet there is no elision of any, as in this line of PetrarchOpens in new window, Occhi miei oscurato e’l nostro sole. Where we must make a syllable of MIE, and another of its final I with the initial O of oscurato.

Further Readings:
J. A. Galignani, Antonio Montucci | Galignani's Grammar and exercises in twenty four lectures on the Italian DialoepheOpens in new window