An Introduction to Synaloepha
Synaloepha (from Gk. synaleiphein, “a coalescing,” or “a smearing over, to conceal or destroy the last coat or layer”), is a kind of elisionOpens in new window by which a final vowelOpens in new window or diphthongOpens in new window is omitted or cut off in scanning when the next word begins with a vowel. Thus, terra antiqua is read terr’ antiqua.
- I'll take one; you take th'other.
- When yond same star that's westward from the pole
Had made his course t'illume that part of heaven
— (Shakespeare, Hamlet 1.1.36-37)