Poetic Meter

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The basic unit of poetic metre is called a foot (plural = feet), which when repeated
creates rhythm and can be defined as a group of syllables forming a metrical unit.
Most poetic feet contain one stressed (heavy) syllable and one or two unstressed (light)
syllables the spondee is the exception because it has two stressed syllables.
The following terms describe each foot:
`x' = unstressed syllable `/' = stressed syllable
Iamb x /
Trochee / x
Anapaest x x /
Dactyl / x x
Spondee / /
Pyrrhic x x
There are also terms for the number of feet in a line:
One foot monometer
Two feet dimeter
Three feet trimeter
Four feet tetrameter
Five feet pentameter
Six feet hexameter
Seven feet heptameter
Eight feet octameter
The commonest metre in English verse is iambic pentameter (five iambic feet)
Rhymed pairs of iambic pentameter lines are heroic couplets
Form the way a poem is written on the page / line organisation

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Free verse no particular rhythmical pattern / scheme
Blank verse no rhyme scheme unrhymed iambic pentameter…read more


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