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Meter in Poetry. By: Sunpyo Hong. What is Meter?. In poetry, meter is the basic rhythmic structure of a verse. In a closer look, it refers to the recurring patterns of stressed and unstressed syllables. What is a syllable?

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Meter in poetry

Meter in Poetry

By: Sunpyo Hong


What is meter

What is Meter?

  • In poetry, meter is the basic rhythmic structure of a verse. In a closer look, it refers to the recurring patterns of stressed and unstressed syllables.

    • What is a syllable?

    • Syllable is a very small unit of speech sound. Every word we use are made up of one or more syllables.

    • E.g. “Cat” contains one syllable.

    • E.g. “Monkey” contains two syllables.

  • Each pair, or three, of unstressed and stressed syllables make up a bigger unit of sound called ‘foot.’

  • Take a look at the following example.


  • Example

    Example

    • ShallI/comPARE/ theeTO/ aSUM/ mer’sDAY

      • Each pair of unstressed and stressed syllables makes up a unit called a foot.

      • The unstressed syllables are in blue and the stressed syllables in red. 

      • A foot needs not to be a fusion of two different words. A pair of fragments from two different words may well form a foot.


    Example continued

    Example (Continued)

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    • ShallI/comPARE/ theeTO/ aSUM/ mer’sDAY

      • This particular type of foot– an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable– is called “iamb” or “iambic foot.”

      • There are total of 5 feet in the line. Therefore, the line is pentameter– “penta” refers to 5.

      • Given the type and the number of feet , this line is “Iambic pentameter.”


    5 different types of feet

    5 Different Types of Feet

    • Iambic (2 syllables): Unstressed + Stressed

      • E.g. “because,” “hello”

    • Trochaic (2 syllables) : Stressed+ Unstressed

      • E.g. “answer,” “Tuesday”

    • Spondaic (2 syllables) : Stressed + Stressed

      • E.g. “football,” “heartbreak,” black hole”

    • Anapestic (3 syllables) : Unstressed + Unstressed+ Stressed

      • E.g. “un-der-stand,” “Ma-ri-anne”

    • Dactylic (3 syllables) : Stressed + Unstressed + Unstressed

      • E.g. “beau-ti-ful,” “Sa-tur-day”


    Number of feet and the meter

    Number of Feet and the Meter

    • As mentioned above, meter of a line also depends on the number of feet in the line.

      • When there is only one foot in the line: Monometer

      • Two feet: Dimeter

      • Three feet: Trimeter

      • Four feet: Tetrameter

      • Five feet: Pentameter

      • And so on..


    Conclusion

    Conclusion

    • Meter is determined by…

      • The type of feet in the line

      • The number of feet in the line

    • E.g. If a line contains three feet that are made up of two stressed syllables, the meter of such line is Spondaic Trimeter.


    Thank you

    Thank You


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