Poetic Meters

Meter is the rhythmic structure of a poem. It refers to the number of syllables and the arrangement of stresses per line.

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  • Anapest
    Anapestic Meter depends on three-syllable sections of verse, or words. An anapest is two unstressed syllables followed by one stressed. Read More
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  • Dactyl
    A dactyl is one stressed syllable followed by two unstressed syllables. It is the opposite of an anapest. Read More
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  • Iamb
    An iamb is a metrical unit. It occurs when two syllables are placed next to one another and the first is unstressed, or short, and the second is stressed, or long. Read More
  • Iambic Pentameter
    Iambic pentameter is a very common way that lines of poetry are structured. Each line has five sets of two beats, the first is unstressed and the second is stressed. Read More
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  • Meter
    The meter is the pattern of beats in a line of poetry. It is a combination of the number of beats and arrangement of stresses. Read More
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  • Poetic Foot
    In literature, a foot refers to a unit of meter in poetry. It is a grouping of stressed and/or unstressed syllables. Read More
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  • Spondee
    Spondee is an arrangement of two syllables in which both are stressed. Read More
  • Sprung Rhythm
    Sprung rhythm is a rhythmic pattern used in poetry that mimics natural speech.  Read More
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  • Trochee
    Trochees are the exact opposite of iambic pentameter, meaning that the first syllable is stressed and the second is unstressed. Read More
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